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Corona virus and healthcare in Sao Tome and Principe

Healthcare in Sao Tome and Principe

Healthcare in Sao Tome and Principe 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 Sao Tome and Principe is 67.8 years for men and 72.6 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 2.5 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

In total, the sum of 125.40 USD is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to approximately 6.3% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,110.84 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Sao Tome and Principe

Currently: 0.6 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
By April 19th, 2021, 2275 infected persons and 35 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in April 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 2,275 infected people represent 1.1% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 15th calendar week (04/12/2021 to 04/18/2021) was 9 , representing 0.6 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 Sao Tome and Principe results in a mortality rate of 1.5%. 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
15/202190
14/2021260
13/2021281
12/2021670
11/2021672
10/20211280
09/20211643
08/20211768
07/20211282
06/20211431

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height169 cm159 cm
BMI23.925.7
Weight68.4 kg65.3 kg

Diseases

Sao Tome and PrincipeØ worldwide
Diabetes *2.40%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.11%0.13%
Malaria1.4%5.7%

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


Child vaccinations

Sao Tome and PrincipeØ worldwide
Measles95.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.10%0.09%
Tetanus9.9%0.0%
DTP *9.50%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 Sao Tome and Principe, 5.4% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
7 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare in Sao Tome and PrincipeThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Sao Tome and Principe is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 2.9 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 69 physicians in Sao Tome and Principe, there are about 0.32 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 19 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).