Public health and Covid-19 in Vanuatu

Healthcare in Vanuatu

Healthcare in Vanuatu 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 Vanuatu is 69.1 years for men and 72.3 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 2.1 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).
A total of 104.25 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 3.4% 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 Vanuatu

Since the beginning of the pandemic until December 8th, 2022, a total of 11,981 infected people and 14 deaths have been reported in Vanuatu.
The total of 11,981 infected people currently represents 3.9% of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 292,146 vaccine doses have been administered as of August 28th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 144,290 people have received at least one vaccination (47.0%). The booster vaccination was received by 16,556 people (5.4%).
131,300 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Vanuatu (= 42.8%).
Thus, Vanuatu belongrather to the lower midfield in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 157 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 Covid19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height168 cm160 cm
Weight72.6 kg68.8 kg


VanuatuØ worldwide
Diabetes *11.90%8.81%

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

Child vaccinations

VanuatuØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.06%0.08%
DTP *6.20%8.21%

* 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 Vanuatu, 17.8% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
11 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in VanuatuMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Vanuatu is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 1.7 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 54 physicians in Vanuatu, there are about 0.17 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 40 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

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
Only around 44 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, 91% 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).
Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
Comparison: Life expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 124 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
Comparison: quality of lifeQuality of life in country comparisonCompare the quality of life around the globe: In which countries is life pleasant, safe and healthy?