Guess which countries have reduced the most AIDS deaths | 

The unlikely trio of Cambodia, New Zealand and Spain lead the world in reducing AIDS deaths from peak levels.

How does the rest of the world stack up? Check out the map:


The data comes from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation based at the University of Washington and the Solutions Journalism network. The percentages are based on reduction in deaths from the peak in a given country to 2010. Other outstanding countries include the Untied States (75% reduction), Rwanda (83%) and Haiti (80%).

There are also some places like China and large parts of south-east Asia that have yet to reach peak levels. Though there is a lot of reason for optimism. Even countries that are struggling with poverty can manage to beat back deaths caused by AIDS.

  • Nancy Fullman

    Great piece – thanks Tom!

    Just something to note: a country that’s gray, instead of a color on the spectrum of blue to orange, hasn’t reached its epidemic peak yet. This means that the HIV/AIDS burden is still growing in grayed out countries (and not that there aren’t estimates). In China, for example, mortality from HIV/AIDS has only gone up (, from an estimated 227 deaths in 1990 to over 36,000 in 2010.

    All the best,

    • Tom Murphy

      Thanks Nancy. I made the correction. Must have read the map too quickly and am used to grey areas indicating a lack of data. That certainly changes things, but I still think the overall trend is reason to be optimistic.