Public health and Covid-19 in Mali

Healthcare in Mali

Healthcare in Mali 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 Mali is 57.4 years for men and 59.9 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 13.7 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 34.28 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 3.9 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,115.01 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of COVID-19 in Mali

Since the beginning of the pandemic until March 22nd, 2023, a total of 33,071 infected people and 743 deaths have been reported in Mali.

The total of 33,071 infected people currently represents 0.16 percent of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding March 22nd, 2023, was 4, for a 7-day incidence of 0.0 cases per 100,000 population. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 2.2 percent in Mali.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 4.92 million vaccine doses have been administered as of February 26th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 3.61 million people who have received at least one vaccination (17.8 percent).

2.95 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Mali (= 14.6 percent).
This means that Mali is one of the countries with the worst vaccination coverage in the world.The vaccination rate is higher in 216 countries.

Weight and size

Body height174 cm162 cm
Weight69.1 kg60.3 kg


MaliØ worldwide
Diabetes *2.40%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.04%0.03%

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

Child vaccinations

MaliØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.08%0.08%
DTP *7.70%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 Mali, 8.3 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
The number of underweight newborns is 18 percent.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in MaliMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Mali is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 0.1 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 3,050 physicians in Mali, there are about 0.14 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 22 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.


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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