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Corona virus and healthcare in Liberia

Healthcare in Liberia

Healthcare in Liberia 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 Liberia is 62.7 years for men and 65.5 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 8.7 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.0 years).

In total, the sum of 45.42 USD is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to approximately 6.7% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,111.08 USD (~ 9.9% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Liberia

By October 18th, 2021, 5807 infected persons and 286 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 5,807 infected people represent 0.11% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 41st calendar week (10/11/2021 to 10/17/2021) was 6 , representing 0.0 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day.


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 Liberia results in a mortality rate of 4.9%. 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.

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
41/202160
40/202120
39/202173
38/2021150
37/2021260
36/20212438
35/20211330
34/2021670
33/20214524
32/2021211

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height164 cm156 cm
BMI23.225.0
Weight62.8 kg61.0 kg

Diseases

LiberiaØ worldwide
Diabetes *2.40%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.31%0.13%
Malaria36.2%5.7%
HIV / Aids0.05%0.03%

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


Child vaccinations

LiberiaØ worldwide
Measles85.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.07%0.08%
Tetanus9.0%0.0%
DTP *7.40%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 Liberia, 8.4% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.


Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare in LiberiaMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Liberia is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 0.8 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 189 physicians in Liberia, there are about 0.04 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.

Due to the low level of care, the mortality of major known diseases can only be reduced in comparatively few cases. According to current information, about 18 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still 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 case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).