Corona virus and healthcare in North Korea

Healthcare in North Korea

Healthcare in North Korea is slightly below 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 North Korea is 68.4 years for men and 75.5 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 0.6 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height171 cm158 cm
BMI24.224.0
Weight70.8 kg59.9 kg

Diseases

North KoreaØ worldwide
Diabetes *6.40%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.51%0.13%
Malaria0.0%5.7%

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


Child vaccinations

North KoreaØ worldwide
Measles98.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.10%0.09%
Tetanus9.8%0.0%
DTP *9.70%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.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in North Korea is above average and also exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 13.2 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 94,300 physicians in North Korea, there are about 3.67 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 26 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

The graph shows the development of the drinking water supply in North Korea. The direct and permanent supply of tested drinking water is shown in green. The red line shows the percentage of the population that is supplied with additional measures. In this case all origins such as tested springs or supplied water are included.

Drinking water supply in North Korea

Only around 67 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, 95% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. In a global comparison, only about 71% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 97%. 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 daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).