Public health and Covid-19 in Malaysia

Healthcare in Malaysia

Healthcare in Malaysia 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 Malaysia is 74.4 years for men and 78.5 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 3.6 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).

A total of 436.61 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 3.8% 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 Malaysia

Current incidence in the week ending 10/03/2022: 33.3 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until October 3rd, 2022, a total of 4,837,005 infected people and 36,365 deaths have been reported in Malaysia.

The total of 4,837,005 infected people currently represents 14.95% of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding October 3rd, 2022, was 10,785, for a 7-day incidence of 33.3 cases per 100,000 population. In the same week, 23 people died from (or with) Covid-19. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 0.8 percent in Malaysia.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 72.11 million vaccine doses have been administered as of September 18th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 28.10 million people have received at least one vaccination (86.8%). The booster vaccination was received by 16.23 million people (50.1%).

27.50 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Malaysia (= 85.0%).
This makes Malaysia one of the best-supplied countries in the world. The vaccination rate is higher in 24 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 height168 cm157 cm
Weight71.5 kg64.0 kg


MalaysiaØ worldwide
Diabetes *16.70%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.03%0.03%

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

Child vaccinations

MalaysiaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *9.50%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 Malaysia, 22.5% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
11 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in MalaysiaMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Malaysia is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 1.9 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 49,600 physicians in Malaysia, there are about 1.51 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.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 18 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

About 94 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 97% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. 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%.


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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