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Public health and Covid-19 in Gabon

Healthcare in Gabon

Healthcare in Gabon 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 Gabon is 64.3 years for men and 69.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 5.7 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 215.02 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 2.8 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,115.01 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of COVID-19 in Gabon

Since the beginning of the pandemic until January 26th, 2023, a total of 48,980 infected people and 306 deaths have been reported in Gabon.

The total of 48,980 infected people currently represents 2.2 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 572,672 vaccine doses have been administered as of November 27th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 311,040 people who have received at least one vaccination (14.0 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 2,589 people (0.1 percent).

257,378 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Gabon (= 11.6 percent).
This means that Gabon is one of the countries with the worst vaccination coverage in the world.The vaccination rate is higher in 220 countries.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infections and deaths by country can be found on our COVID-19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height170 cm160 cm
BMI24.126.5
Weight69.4 kg67.6 kg

Diseases

GabonØ worldwide
Diabetes *6.00%8.81%
Tuberculosis5.13‰1.34‰
Malaria24.8%5.7%
HIV / Aids0.12%0.03%

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


Child vaccinations

GabonØ worldwide
Measles64.0%81.7%
Hepatitis B0.08%0.08%
Tetanus8.3%0.0%
DTP *7.50%8.14%

* DTP is a combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

The number of underweight newborns is 14 percent.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in GabonThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Gabon is above average and also exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 6.3 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 845 physicians in Gabon, there are about 0.36 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 21 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Sources

The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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