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Corona virus and healthcare in Guatemala

Healthcare in Guatemala

Healthcare in Guatemala is slightly above average in a global 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 Guatemala is 71.4 years for men and 77.2 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 1.5 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.0 years).

In total, the sum of 259.62 USD is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to approximately 5.7% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,111.08 USD (~ 9.9% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Guatemala

Currently: 7.2 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
By October 18th, 2021, 588262 infected persons and 14387 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 588,262 infected people represent 3.5% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 41st calendar week (10/11/2021 to 10/17/2021) was 8,488 , representing 7.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day.


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 Guatemala results in a mortality rate of 2.4%. 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 579,774 infected up to 14 days ago. This gives in Guatemala a new mortality rate of 2.4%.

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
41/20218,488321
40/202113,138316
39/202116,303356
38/202120,307333
37/202118,569307
36/202122,919439
35/202122,739429
34/202125,792370
33/202126,210327
32/202122,679381

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height164 cm151 cm
BMI25.727.3
Weight69.1 kg61.9 kg

Diseases

GuatemalaØ worldwide
Diabetes *10.00%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.03%0.13%
Malaria0.0%5.7%
HIV / Aids0.01%0.03%

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


Child vaccinations

GuatemalaØ worldwide
Measles90.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
Tetanus9.0%0.0%
DTP *8.50%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.

11 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare in GuatemalaMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Guatemala is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 0.6 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 5,980 physicians in Guatemala, there are about 0.36 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 17 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.

Supply with drinking water


Only around 56 percent of the population has access to an immediately available running water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 94% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. In a global comparison, only about 74% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.

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).