Public health and Covid-19 in Guinea-Bissau

Healthcare in Guinea-Bissau

Healthcare in Guinea-Bissau 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 Guinea-Bissau is 57.6 years for men and 62.3 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 12.4 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 62.58 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 8.3 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 Guinea-Bissau

Since the beginning of the pandemic until February 5th, 2023, a total of 8,947 infected people and 176 deaths have been reported in Guinea-Bissau.

The total of 8,947 infected people currently represents 0.46 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 673,091 vaccine doses have been administered as of December 4th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 774,740 people who have received at least one vaccination (39.4 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 906 people (0.1 percent).

426,325 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Guinea-Bissau (= 21.7 percent).
This means that Guinea-Bissau is one of the countries with the worst vaccination coverage in the world.The vaccination rate is higher in 202 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

Body height167 cm159 cm
Weight63.9 kg60.3 kg


Guinea-BissauØ worldwide
Diabetes *2.40%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.16%0.03%

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

Child vaccinations

Guinea-BissauØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.07%0.08%
DTP *6.70%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.

In Guinea-Bissau, 9.0 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
The number of underweight newborns is 21 percent.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in Guinea-BissauMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Guinea-Bissau is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 1.0 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 412 physicians in Guinea-Bissau, there are about 0.20 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 25 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Drinking water supply

Explanation of the graph:
Red line: access to water supply via wells or delivered drinking water
Green bars: Permanent access to running and tested drinking water connection

Only around 24 percent of the population has access to an immediately available running water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 59 peprcent of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. In a global comparison, only about 74 percent of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98 percent. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10 percent.


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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