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 60.5 years for men and 66.4 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 9.1 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Zambia

Currently: 0.2 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
The inhabitants of Zambia are still affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. The inhabitants of Zambia are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By November 29th, 2020, 17589 infected persons and 357 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on March 19th, 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 July 18th with 527 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Zambia
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Zambia

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Zambia results in a mortality rate of 2.0%. 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 17,093 infected up to 14 days ago. This gives in Zambia a new mortality rate of 2.1%.

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.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Sun 29th20+0.1%0+0.0%
Sat 28th16+0.1%0+0.0%
Fri 27th18+0.1%0+0.0%
Thu 26th69+0.4%0+0.0%
Wed 25th12+0.1%0+0.0%
Tue 24th30+0.2%0+0.0%
Mon 23rd30+0.2%1+0.3%
Sun 22nd21+0.1%0+0.0%
Sat 21st23+0.1%0+0.0%
Fri 20th70+0.4%0+0.0%

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height167 cm157 cm
BMI21.423.7
Weight59.7 kg58.4 kg

Diseases

ZambiaØ worldwide
Diabetes *4.50%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.35%0.13%
Malaria15.7%5.7%
HIV / Aids0.60%0.04%

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


Child vaccinations

ZambiaØ worldwide
Measles93.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.09%
Tetanus8.5%0.0%
DTP *8.80%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 Zambia, 13.8% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
12 percent of newborns are underweight.

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 global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 1,630 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 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 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. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).