Public health and Covid-19 in Syria

Healthcare in Syria

Healthcare in Syria 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 Syria is 69.1 years for men and 75.2 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 0.7 years lower (men: 68.9 / women: 73.9 years).

A total of 69.83 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 3.6 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 Syria

Since the beginning of the pandemic until June 4th, 2023, a total of 57,423 infected people and 3,163 deaths have been reported in Syria.

The total of 57,423 infected people currently represents 0.33 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 5.09 million vaccine doses have been administered as of April 18th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 3.30 million people who have received at least one vaccination (18.8 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 75,881 people (0.4 percent).

2.36 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Syria (= 13.5 percent).
This means that Syria is one of the countries with the worst vaccination coverage in the world.The vaccination rate is higher in 218 countries.

Weight and size

Body height171 cm159 cm
Weight79.9 kg73.9 kg


SyriaØ worldwide
Diabetes *13.50%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

SyriaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.05%0.08%
DTP *4.80%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.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in SyriaMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Syria is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 1.4 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 26,000 physicians in Syria, there are about 1.22 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 rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 22 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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