Public health and Covid-19 on the Maldives

Healthcare on the Maldives

The effectiveness of the health care system on the Maldives is well 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 on the Maldives is 79.1 years for men and 81.0 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 8.6 years lower (men: 68.9 / women: 73.9 years).

A total of 825.57 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 11.3 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 on the Maldives

Current incidence in the week ending 06/04/2023: 4.8 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until June 4th, 2023, a total of 186,651 infected people and 315 deaths have been reported on the Maldives.

The total of 186,651 infected people currently represents 34.53 percent of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding June 4th, 2023, was 26, for a 7-day incidence of 4.8 cases per 100,000 population. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 0.2 percent on the Maldives.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 951,764 vaccine doses have been administered as of May 25th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 399,308 people who have received at least one vaccination (73.9 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 167,289 people (31.0 percent).

385,167 of these are considered fully vaccinated on the Maldives (= 71.3 percent).
This means that the Maldives are still among the fairly good midfield countries in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 81 countries.

Weight and size

Body height168 cm154 cm
Weight69.2 kg62.4 kg


MaldivesØ worldwide
Diabetes *9.20%8.81%

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

Child vaccinations

MaldivesØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.10%0.08%
DTP *9.60%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.

On the Maldives, 25.2 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 on the MaldivesThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals on the Maldives is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 4.3 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 541 physicians on the Maldives, there are about 1.04 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.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 12 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently 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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