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Index / Health
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Key figures
Life expectancy
77.5 years. Women 2.3 years longer than men.
MENA rank: 3 of 22.
Child mortality
Infants: 8.1 per 1000.
1 to 5 years: 1.8 per 1000.
MENA rank: 2 of 22.
MENA rank: 21 of 21.
MENA rank: 14 of 22.
No data.
$535 per inhabitant.
2.2% of GDP.
MENA rank: 10 of 21.
Hospital accreditations
1.8 per 1000 inhabitants.
MENA rank: 7 of 22.
Hospital beds
1.8 per 1000 inhabitants.
MENA rank: 14 of 22.
MENA rank
among 22 countries.

MENA = Middle East and North Africa.

Kuwait scores poorly compared to the other oil-rich gulf states, 13 of 22 MENA countries altogether, but information is conflicting. Expenses are very low, only marginally ahead of Tunisia, and there are less hospital beds than in other oil-rich states, and no hospital is internationally accredited. Still, in a country with dramatic overweight (74%), life expectancy is higher than in the other countries (save Jordan). Data used for all comparisons here are the foremost international sources, but in the case of Kuwait LookLex suspects errors in data.

Health care
All inhabitants have access to primary health care services. There are about 5 health centres to every hospital.
WHO considers Kuwait in a 2006 report to have a health care system comparable to average European standards, but the country has none of its hospitals internationally accredited.
Immunization is well administered, and covers between 98 and 100% of all infants for diseases like tuberculosis; poliomyelitis; DPT; measles; and hepatitis.

Health conditions and diseases
With improved life expectancy, few die from general diseases, to noncommunicable diseases and injuries. Increasing health risks are of diabetes, obesity, dyslipidaemia and physical inactivity. It is reported that mental disorders is a major problems with the non-citizen population.
Despite no limitations in the infrastructure for food and nutrition, Kuwait has a considerable problem of malnutrition, causing mainly anaemia among young girls.
Good access to clean water and sanitation is today available to 100% of the population.

By Tore Kjeilen