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

The inhabitants of Eritrea are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By September 26th, 2020, 375 infected persons have been reported in the country, but not yet any deaths.The first confirmed infections were reported on March 21st, 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 country reached its peak so far on June 14th with 31 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Eritrea

The graph shows the number of people infected.

Fatalities have not yet been reported. Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Sat 26th6+1.6%0+∞
Fri 25th5+1.4%0+∞
Thu 24th0+0.0%0+∞
Wed 23rd0+0.0%0+∞
Tue 22nd0+0.0%0+∞
Mon 21st0+0.0%0+∞
Sun 20th0+0.0%0+∞
Sat 19th0+0.0%0+∞
Fri 18th0+0.0%0+∞
Thu 17th0+0.0%0+∞

Weight and size

Body height169 cm157 cm
Weight58.0 kg52.0 kg


EritreaØ worldwide
Diabetes *5.10%8.81%
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
Hepatitis B0.10%0.09%
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, 5.7% 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 worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

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.


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).