Mapping Health Care Access in Malawi

I will be studying the relationship between access to health care facilities and the high observed maternal mortality rates in Malawi by using geographic information tools. I will create a map that represents each maternal mortality data point as well as the location of health facilities in order to analyze if location has an impact, if more health facilities are needed and if so, where they could be built. The data for this research will come from the 2015 Demographic Health Survey in Malawi. Using ArcGIS, I will compute the distance from each maternal mortality data point to the nearest health care facility. I will then use STATA to calculate regressions and display any correlation between maternal mortality and health facility location.