Corona virus and healthcare in Papua New Guinea

Healthcare in Papua New Guinea

Healthcare in Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea is 63.3 years for men and 65.8 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 8.3 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.0 years).

In total, the sum of 63.77 USD is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to approximately 2.4% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,111.08 USD (~ 9.9% of the respective GDP).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Papua New Guinea

Currently: 3.8 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
By October 11th, 2021, 23026 infected persons and 245 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 23,026 infected people represent 0.26% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 40th calendar week (10/04/2021 to 10/10/2021) was 2,354 , representing 3.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day.

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 Papua New Guinea results in a mortality rate of 1.1%. 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 20,672 infected up to 14 days ago. This gives in Papua New Guinea a new mortality rate of 1.1%.

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 height163 cm157 cm
Weight66.9 kg63.2 kg


Papua New GuineaØ worldwide
Diabetes *17.90%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.06%0.03%

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

Child vaccinations

Papua New GuineaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.04%0.08%
DTP *3.50%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 Papua New Guinea, 36.3% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.

Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare in Papua New GuineaThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Papua New Guinea is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 4.0 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 473 physicians in Papua New Guinea, there are about 0.05 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 36 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. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).