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 75.6 years for men and 79.4 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 6.1 years lower (men: 68.9 / women: 73.9 years).

A total of 1,199.71 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 7.2 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,177.15 USD (~ 10.9% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of COVID-19 in Barbados

Since the beginning of the pandemic until June 2nd, 2023, a total of 107,794 infected people and 593 deaths have been reported in Barbados.

The total of 107,794 infected people currently represents 37.51 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 381,715 vaccine doses have been administered as of May 5th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 163,845 people who have received at least one vaccination (57.0 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 62,834 people (21.9 percent).

155,036 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Barbados (= 54.0 percent).
Thus, Barbados belongrather to the lower midfield in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 138 countries.

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%8.14%

* 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.

In Barbados, 8.5 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.

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 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 700 physicians in Barbados, there are about 2.49 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.

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.


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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