Public health and Covid-19 in North Macedonia

Healthcare in North Macedonia

Healthcare in North Macedonia 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 North Macedonia is 73.6 years for men and 77.9 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 2.9 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).

A total of 436.89 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 7.3% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,121.97 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in North Macedonia

Current incidence in the week ending 08/10/2022: 20.1 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until August 10th, 2022, a total of 156,543 infected people and 5,494 deaths have been reported in North Macedonia.

The total of 156,543 infected people currently represents 7.5% of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding August 10th, 2022, was 419, for a 7-day incidence of 20.1 cases per 100,000 population. In the same week, 3 people died from (or with) Covid-19. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 3.5 percent in North Macedonia.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 1.86 m vaccine doses have been administered as of July 24th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 854,061 people have received at least one vaccination (41.1%). The booster vaccination was received by 159,804 people (7.7%).

837,577 of these are considered fully vaccinated in North Macedonia (= 40.3%).
This puts North Macedonia well behind in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 160 countries.

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 height176 cm161 cm
Weight84.4 kg67.8 kg


North MacedoniaØ worldwide
Diabetes *9.30%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

North MacedoniaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.08%0.08%
DTP *8.40%8.30%

* 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.

9 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in North MacedoniaThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in North Macedonia is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 4.3 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 5,930 physicians in North Macedonia, there are about 2.87 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.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 23 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

Only around 77 percent of the population has access to an immediately available running water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 98% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. In a global comparison, only about 74% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98%. 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 case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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