This map layer compares military personnel (soldiers, paramilitaries and reservists) to medical personnel in the health sector for 2017 of all available countries. The number of military personnel per one doctor is shown (most current year), classified in five categories.

Example of how to read the map:

In 2017, the Government of South Africa employed 1.811 soldiers, paramilitaries and reservists per one doctor.


  • IISS - International Institute for Strategic Studies

    In its annual Military Balance, the IISS publishes data on military personnel. The international institute provides research-based policy advice and deals with military and strategic questions. In the annual Military Balance, it provides information on the number of soldiers, weapons, population and GDP of up to 171 countries. A detailed list can be found of a respective country’s weapons and soldiers (including recruits and paramilitaries). The IISS also assesses the military capacities and arms economies.

  • WHO - World Health Organization

    The World Health Organization is part of the United Nations. Its duties are technical and advisory support, the setting of normative standards and the assessment of trends in the health sector. It collects data on national governments based on their respective health reports, as well as further information published by governments or ministries. The WHO estimates missing data, when possible. Expenditures on health comprise, for instance, wages for medical staff and materials.


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