Public health and Covid-19 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 74.0 years for men and 78.4 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 3.9 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 553.82 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 9.0 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,115.01 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Current incidence in the week ending 01/26/2023: 2.1 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until January 26th, 2023, a total of 401,320 infected people and 16,250 deaths have been reported in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The total of 401,320 infected people currently represents 12.23 percent of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding January 26th, 2023, was 68, for a 7-day incidence of 2.1 cases per 100,000 population. In the same week, four people died from (or with) COVID-19. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 4.0 percent in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 1.92 million vaccine doses have been administered as of January 29th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 943,394 people who have received at least one vaccination (28.8 percent).

846,080 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Bosnia and Herzegovina (= 25.8 percent).
This means that Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the countries with the worst vaccination coverage in the world.The vaccination rate is higher in 196 countries.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infections and deaths by country can be found on our COVID-19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height182 cm167 cm
Weight87.1 kg70.6 kg


Bosnia and HerzegovinaØ worldwide
Diabetes *9.00%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.00%0.03%

* 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%0.08%
DTP *7.30%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 Bosnia and Herzegovina, 35.0 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
The number of underweight newborns is 3 percent.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in Bosnia and HerzegovinaThe 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 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 6,540 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 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 19 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Drinking water supply

Explanation of the graph:
Red line: access to water supply via wells or delivered drinking water
Green bars: Permanent access to running and tested drinking water connection

About 89 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 96 peprcent of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. In a global comparison, only about 74 percent of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98 percent. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10 percent.


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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