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Public health and Covid-19 in Somalia

Healthcare in Somalia

Healthcare in Somalia 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 Somalia is 54.0 years for men and 58.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 16.3 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of COVID-19 in Somalia

Since the beginning of the pandemic until February 8th, 2023, a total of 27,322 infected people and 1,361 deaths have been reported in Somalia.

The total of 27,322 infected people currently represents 0.17 percent of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding February 8th, 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 5.0 percent in Somalia.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 8.73 million vaccine doses have been administered as of January 2nd, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 7.73 million people who have received at least one vaccination (48.6 percent).

6.53 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Somalia (= 41.1 percent).
This puts Somalia well behind in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 164 countries.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infections and deaths by country can be found on our COVID-19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height170 cm159 cm
BMI22.523.8
Weight65.3 kg60.4 kg

Diseases

SomaliaØ worldwide
Diabetes *5.10%8.81%
Tuberculosis2.50‰1.34‰
Malaria3.4%5.7%
HIV / Aids0.00%0.03%

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


Child vaccinations

SomaliaØ worldwide
Measles46.0%81.7%
Hepatitis B0.04%0.08%
Tetanus6.0%0.0%
DTP *4.20%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.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in SomaliaMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Somalia is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 0.9 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 391 physicians in Somalia, there are about 0.02 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 30 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Sources

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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Comparison: Life expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 120 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
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