Public health and Covid-19 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 61.5 years for men and 67.9 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 8.1 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).
A total of 30.40 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 7.4% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,121.97 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).
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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Malawi

Current incidence in the week ending 12/08/2022: 0.2 new infections per 100,000 population
Since the beginning of the pandemic until December 8th, 2022, a total of 88,123 infected people and 2,685 deaths have been reported in Malawi.
The total of 88,123 infected people currently represents 0.46% of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding December 8th, 2022, was 40, for a 7-day incidence of 0.2 cases per 100,000 population. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 3.0 percent in Malawi.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 5.93 million vaccine doses have been administered as of November 13th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 3.92 million people have received at least one vaccination (20.5%). The booster vaccination was received by 509,839 people (2.7%).
3.09 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Malawi (= 16.2%).
This means that Malawi is one of the countries with the worst vaccination coverage in the world.The vaccination rate is higher in 212 countries.
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 Covid19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height165 cm156 cm
Weight61.5 kg56.3 kg


MalawiØ worldwide
Diabetes *4.50%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.19%0.03%

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

Child vaccinations

MalawiØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *9.30%8.21%

* 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, 10.8% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
14 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in MalawiMedical 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 global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.
With about 308 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.
Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 23 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. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
Comparison: Life expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 124 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
Comparison: quality of lifeQuality of life in country comparisonCompare the quality of life around the globe: In which countries is life pleasant, safe and healthy?