Corona virus and healthcare in Libya

Healthcare in Libya

Healthcare in Libya is slightly above average in a global 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 Libya is 69.7 years for men and 75.6 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 0.2 years lower (men: 70.2 / women: 74.7 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Libya

The inhabitants of Libya are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By April 7th, 2020, 19 infected persons and 1 death have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on March 24th, 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 April 4th with 7 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Libya

The graph shows the number of people infected.

Mortality rate of infected persons
From the previously infected and deceased people, in Libya results in a mortality rate of 5.3%. 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 8 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in Libya a new mortality rate of 12.5%.

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.

Weight and size

Body height174 cm162 cm
Weight81.4 kg77.4 kg


LibyaØ worldwide
Diabetes *10.20%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.01%0.04%

* The number of people with diabetes refers only to residents aged 20 to 79 years.

Child vaccinations

LibyaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.10%0.08%
DTP *9.70%8.59%

* 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.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Libya is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.7 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 14,400 physicians in Libya, there are about 2.16 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 2.16.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 20 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.