Corona virus and healthcare in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Healthcare in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Healthcare in Bosnia and Herzegovina 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina is 74.8 years for men and 79.7 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 4.6 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Currently: 10.1 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
By January 18th, 2021, 118083 infected persons and 4486 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 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 total of 118,083 infected people represent 3.6% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 2nd calendar week (// to //) was 2,325 , representing 10.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day.

Covid 19 virus infected in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Bosnia and Herzegovina results in a mortality rate of 3.8%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 115,758 infected up to 14 days ago. This gives in Bosnia and Herzegovina a new mortality rate of 3.8%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers weekly. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths

Weight and size

Body height182 cm167 cm
Weight87.1 kg70.6 kg


Bosnia and HerzegovinaØ worldwide
Diabetes *9.00%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.00%0.04%

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

Child vaccinations

Bosnia and HerzegovinaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.08%0.09%
DTP *7.30%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.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, 38.3% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
3 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Bosnia and Herzegovina is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.5 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 6,600 physicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina, there are about 2.00 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.

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 18 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.

Supply with drinking water

The graph shows the development of the drinking water supply in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina

About 89 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells at a distance of no more than 30 minutes or supplied water, 96% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. 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%.


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).