Public health and Covid-19 in Barbados

Healthcare in Barbados

Healthcare in Barbados is rather above 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 Barbados is 78.0 years for men and 80.6 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 6.5 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).

A total of 1,143.32 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 6.3% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,121.97 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Barbados

Current incidence in the week ending 09/29/2022: 61.6 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until September 29th, 2022, a total of 102,456 infected people and 559 deaths have been reported in Barbados.

The total of 102,456 infected people currently represents 35.65% of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding September 29th, 2022, was 177, for a 7-day incidence of 61.6 cases per 100,000 population. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 0.5 percent in Barbados.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 374,195 vaccine doses have been administered as of September 16th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 163,445 people have received at least one vaccination (56.9%). The booster vaccination was received by 56,248 people (19.6%).

154,502 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Barbados (= 53.8%).
This means that Barbados is only in the middle of the field in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 130 countries.

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 Covid19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height177 cm165 cm
Weight82.4 kg80.1 kg


BarbadosØ worldwide
Diabetes *13.40%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.05%0.03%

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

Child vaccinations

BarbadosØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.08%0.08%
DTP *8.20%8.21%

* 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 Barbados, 8.5% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
12 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in BarbadosThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Barbados is above average and also exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 6.0 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 716 physicians in Barbados, there are about 2.49 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 16 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.


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).

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