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LondonTUG  & MakeoverMonday Special – April 2018

Using Data To #VisualizeNoMalaria
and Make a Social Impact

Using Data To #VisualizeNoMalaria
and Make a Social Impact

Posted by Pablo Gomez  |  Apr 20, 2018  |  Pablo’s Post – #MakeoverMonday

Last Monday’s April TUG (Tableau User Group) was a very special one as #MakeoverMonday leaders Eva Murray and Andy Kriebel visited us featuring the first MakeoverMonday LIVE in a LondonTUG – Can’t believe we never did it before …

MakeoverMonday is a social data visualization project where Andy and Eva release a dataset every week for people around the world to create their own vizzes and tell stories with the data. It is perhaps, one of my favourite projects and one I have learned so much over the years. Truth is, participating on MakeoverMonday helps you improving your visualization skills, learn from others and be part of a community that has been amazing since day one.

This week and as part of the ‘live’ #MakeoverMonday at our user group, who partnered with Jeff Bernson, Senior Director, Results Management, Measurement and Learning at PATH, whom provided a simulated dataset of malaria cases in the Southern province of Zambia. PATH is the leader in global health innovation, an international nonprofit organization, who works hard saving lives and improving health conditions, specially among women and children.

According to an article recently published on The Telegraph, in 2016, the last year for which data is available, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria worldwide, the majority of which were in sub-Saharan Africa.

Of those infected, a staggering 445,000 died – 1,219 lives lost every day, or nearly one a minute.

Around 70 per cent of those deaths are in children under five for whom, it is a particularly devastating desease. The disease is almost as old as humanity

itself and at one time affected nearly every region of the world, including much of southern Europe and the southern states of the US where it was only eradicated in the the middle of the last century.

Having the opportunity to make an impact, even though little, makes a big difference and the Tableau community once more live up to the task as over 100 data visualisation enthusiasts gather to say ‘No to malaria’ the best way we all know … by visualizing it!

Working with data visualization sometimes is not only about creating beautiful charts or dashboards, sometimes, it gives us the opportunity to make an impact, a Social Impact for those in need.

Pretty sure Sarah, Paul, Nick, David, Eva and Andy will echo when thanking you all for coming, for joining us on Monday and for making possible that this LondonTUG ended up being so different but at the same time, an incredible one!


#LondonTUG kick off presenting #MakeoverMonday Eva and Andy and Jeff Bernson from PATH

Presentations of #VisualizingNoMalaria by participants and closing of #LondonTUG.

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About The Author

Pablo Gomez

Originally from Argentina, Pablo co-founded I FOR IDEAS, a Branding and Marketing company specialised on graphic design and digital content. After working in data analysis and reporting for over a decade, he was introduced to Tableau in early 2013. Always fascinated by Data and Graphic Design, Tableau was the perfect platform to combine both of his passions.