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Brazil’s mortality rates since 2003

Looking through the data, we have identified some emerging trends in mortality rates across Brazil, based on regions and causes

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Brazil is unequal even in death. In the last 16 years, civil registry records compiled by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) and analyzed by The Brazilian Report show how different regions, types, and sizes of cities have seen variations in causes of human death. 

On average, Brazil’s overall mortality rate grew from 5.6 to 6.1 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants between 2003 and 2018. This can largely be put down to the fact that the Brazilian population is aging, impacting directly on the denominator of death rates. However, changes in the economy and regional dynamics can also have...

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