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Corona virus and healthcare 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 55.7 years for men and 59.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 15.4 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.0 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Somalia

By September 13th, 2021, 18373 infected persons and 1023 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 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 18,373 infected people represent 0.12% of the country's total population.


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 Somalia results in a mortality rate of 5.6%. 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 17,832 infected up to 14 days ago. This gives in Somalia a new mortality rate of 5.6%.

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
36/202154121
35/202153039
34/202141036
33/202162749
32/202153041
31/202127924
30/202122617
29/202114515
28/2021494
27/2021662

Weight and size

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

Diseases

SomaliaØ worldwide
Diabetes *5.10%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.26%0.13%
Malaria3.4%5.7%
HIV / Aids0.00%0.04%

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


Child vaccinations

SomaliaØ worldwide
Measles46.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.04%0.08%
Tetanus6.7%0.0%
DTP *4.20%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.

Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare 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 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 364 physicians in Somalia, 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 30 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently 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).