Corona virus and healthcare in Syria

Healthcare in Syria

Healthcare in Syria 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 Syria is 65.4 years for men and 77.4 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 1.0 years lower (men: 70.2 / women: 74.7 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Syria

The inhabitants of Syria are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By April 2nd, 2020, 16 infected persons and 3 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on March 22nd, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on April 2nd with 6 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Syria
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Syria

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths. 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 Corona virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height171 cm159 cm
Weight80.1 kg74.1 kg


SyriaØ worldwide
Diabetes *13.50%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.00%0.04%

* The number of people with diabetes refers only to residents aged 20 to 79 years.

Child vaccinations

SyriaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.05%0.08%
DTP *4.70%8.59%

* 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

Medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Syria is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 1.5 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With about 20,600 physicians in Syria, there are about 1.22 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 1.22.

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.


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.