Stacey Krumholtz Data and Info Vis Project 1 February 4th, 2015

DALY* (Disability-adjusted life year)

2010 / Global / All Ages / Male and Female [1]

*A measure of overall disease burden, expressed as percent of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death[2]
The size of each circle corresponds to the impact of that disease, disorder, problem or injury on the DALY

D. = disease (used in some smaller circles)
Why Use a DALY?
It "extends the concept of potential years of life lost due to premature include equivalent years of 'healthy' life lost by virtue of being in states of poor health or disability." [2] In so doing, mortality and morbidity are combined into a single, common metric.

Looking at the burden of disease via DALYs can reveal surprising things about a population's health. Do some of the comparisons surprise you? Unexpected areas like mental health and musculoskeletal pain can have a huge impact on populations; their quality and length of life.
Get more information at
[1] Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) Results by Cause 1990-2010 - Country Level. Seattle, United States: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), 2013.
[2]"Death and DALY estimates for 2004 by cause for WHO Member States: Persons, all ages" (xls). World Health Organization. 2002.