Corona virus and healthcare in Zambia

Healthcare in Zambia

Healthcare in Zambia 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 Zambia is 60.2 years for men and 65.9 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 9.4 years lower (men: 70.2 / women: 74.7 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Zambia

The inhabitants of Zambia are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By April 7th, 2020, 39 infected persons and 1 death have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on March 18th, 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 country reached its peak so far on March 28th with 12 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Zambia

The graph shows the number of people infected.

Mortality rate of infected persons
From the previously infected and deceased people, in Zambia results in a mortality rate of 2.6%. 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 29 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in Zambia a new mortality rate of 3.4%.

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 Corona virus topic page.

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height168 cm157 cm
BMI21.423.7
Weight60.4 kg58.4 kg

Diseases

ZambiaØ worldwide
Diabetes *4.50%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.35%0.13%
Malaria20.3%5.9%
HIV / Aids0.57%0.04%

* The number of people with diabetes refers only to residents aged 20 to 79 years.


Child vaccinations

ZambiaØ worldwide
Measles94.0%86.0%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
Tetanus8.5%0.0%
DTP *9.00%8.59%

* 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 Zambia, 13.8% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.


Medical supplies

Medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Zambia is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 2.0 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With about 1,580 physicians in Zambia, there are about 0.09 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 0.09.

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 18 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.