Public health and Covid-19 in Sri Lanka

Healthcare in Sri Lanka

Healthcare in Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka is 73.1 years for men and 79.5 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 4.9 years lower (men: 68.9 / women: 73.9 years).

A total of 151.06 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 4.1 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 Sri Lanka

Current incidence in the week ending 06/02/2023: 0.3 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until June 2nd, 2023, a total of 672,449 infected people and 16,872 deaths have been reported in Sri Lanka.

The total of 672,449 infected people currently represents 3.1 percent of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding June 2nd, 2023, was 56, for a 7-day incidence of 0.3 cases per 100,000 population. In the same week, three people died from (or with) COVID-19. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 2.5 percent in Sri Lanka.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 40.12 million vaccine doses have been administered as of October 30th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 17.14 million people who have received at least one vaccination (80.1 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 8.22 million people (38.4 percent).

14.75 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Sri Lanka (= 68.9 percent).
This means that Sri Lanka is still among the fairly good midfield countries in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 89 countries.

Weight and size

Body height167 cm155 cm
Weight63.1 kg57.3 kg


Sri LankaØ worldwide
Diabetes *10.70%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.00%0.03%

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

Child vaccinations

Sri LankaØ 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.

In Sri Lanka, 22.0 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in Sri LankaThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Sri Lanka is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 4.2 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 21,200 physicians in Sri Lanka, there are about 0.96 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 13 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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