Corona virus and healthcare in Eritrea

Healthcare in Eritrea

Healthcare in Eritrea is slightly below average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Eritrea is 63.8 years for men and 68.2 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 6.7 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Eritrea

By January 11th, 2021, 1556 infected persons and 6 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear.

The total of 1,556 infected people represent 0.044% of the country's total population.

Covid 19 virus infected in Eritrea
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Eritrea

The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Eritrea results in a mortality rate of 0.39%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 1,363 infected up to 14 days ago. This gives in Eritrea a new mortality rate of 0.39%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers weekly. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
01/20211933
53/20203242
52/20202321
51/2020960
50/2020790
49/2020550
48/2020260
47/2020580
46/202020
45/2020280

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height170 cm157 cm
BMI20.321.1
Weight58.8 kg52.2 kg

Diseases

EritreaØ worldwide
Diabetes *5.10%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.09%0.13%
Malaria2.9%5.7%
HIV / Aids0.02%0.04%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.


Child vaccinations

EritreaØ worldwide
Measles99.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.10%0.09%
Tetanus9.9%0.0%
DTP *9.50%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
In Eritrea, 7.2% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.


Medical supplies

Medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Eritrea is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 0.7 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 185 physicians in Eritrea, there are about 0.05 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 24 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Sources

Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).