Health in São Tomé and Príncipe

There was a resurgence of malaria in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2010, but the exact cause is unknown.[1] Female life expectancy at birth was 65.1 years in between 2005 and 2010, and male life expectancy at 62.8 for the same time period.[2] Healthy life expectancy at birth was at 64.7 years in 2011.[3]

According to WHO, São Tomé and Príncipe is also home to the largest documented amount of iron-deficiency anemia amongst any country's population.[4]


A Cuban medical team of seven doctors, nurses and other health workers is working on the main island, with occasional visits to Príncipe.[5]

Government health expenditure per capita was at US$90.73 (current US$) in 2009.[6]



  1. World Malaria Report 2010 (PDF). 2010. pp. 42, 111–113. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  2. "World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision". Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  3. Sao Tome and Principe: Human Development Indicator Archived 2013-01-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. File:Iron-deficiency_anaemia_world_map_-_DALY_-_WHO2002.svg
  5. DEPARTAMENTO DE COOPERAÇÃO BILATERAL. Santomense Ministério dos Negocios Estrangeiros, Cooperação e Comunidades on international cooperation
  6. "World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance – Google Public Data Explorer". Retrieved March 25, 2012.
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