Corona virus and healthcare in Malawi

Healthcare in Malawi

Healthcare in Malawi 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 Malawi is 60.7 years for men and 66.9 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 8.8 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.7 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Malawi

The inhabitants of Malawi are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By June 3rd, 2020, 369 infected persons and 4 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on April 2nd, 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 May 28th with 102 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Malawi
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Malawi

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Malawi results in a mortality rate of 1.1%. 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 101 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in Malawi a new mortality rate of 4.0%.

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 
Wed 3rd11+3.1%0+0.0%
Tue 2nd22+6.5%0+0.0%
Mon 1st52+18.3%0+0.0%
Sun 31st5+1.8%0+0.0%
Sat 30th6+2.2%0+0.0%
Fri 29th70+34.5%0+0.0%
Thu 28th102+101.0%0+0.0%
Wed 27th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Tue 26th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Mon 25th18+21.7%0+0.0%

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height164 cm155 cm
BMI22.523.2
Weight60.5 kg55.7 kg

Diseases

MalawiØ worldwide
Diabetes *4.50%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.18%0.13%
Malaria23.1%5.9%
HIV / Aids0.44%0.04%

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


Child vaccinations

MalawiØ worldwide
Measles87.0%86.0%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
Tetanus8.9%0.0%
DTP *9.20%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.
In Malawi, 14.5% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
14 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Malawi is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 1.3 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 285 physicians in Malawi, there are about 0.02 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 16 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 daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).