Bookmark and Share

Open the online Arabic language course

. Life expectancy
. Child mortality
. Malnutrition
. Overweight
. Health expenses
. Doctors
. Hospital beds
By country

Turkey Iran Iraq Oman Saudi Arabia Egypt Sudan Libya Syria Yemen Israel Tunisia Lebanon Algeria Morocco Mauritania United Arab Emirates Kuwait Western Sahara Qatar Jordan
Index /

Contents relates to the countries of Middle East and North Africa (MENA). There is a cultural and historical affiliation between these countries, but also numerous differences and distinctions. Still, the countries can roughly be understood within important "borders". Turkey meets Europe, North Africa is divided by Sahara from black Africa, and Iran is the last country before the heartlands of Asia begin.
Health issues are dealt with according to two axes: health of individuals; and infrastructure and services. There is often a link between the two, but matters like life style, food habits and economic infrastructure are also vital factors in determining the health of a country's inhabitants.
There are major differences between MENA countries in the field of health, as there are in all other matters. But countries that are good performers in fields like education and economy are not always performing well in all health matters, and some of the poorer countries perform well. Iran performs poorly considering its good performance in the field of education, whereas Lebanon is a good performer considering a modest GDP per capita.
All countries have major government participation in health infrastructure. Methods of investing well vary fairly little between them, all have a focus on making local health services available to as large part of the population as possible; this is an unresolved issue still in many countries.
Among the foremost sources of detailed information and statistics on health matters in MENA (and rest of the world) is World Health Organization.

By Tore Kjeilen