Although Colombia is rich in natural resources, civil conflict related to drug trafficking leaves much of the country's potential unrealized. Despite this, The Carter Center has worked to advance both peace and health in the nation, through efforts to eliminate river blindness, a painful and debilitating disease, and to support dialogue between Colombia and its neighbors.
The Carter Center, together with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has supported the work of a dialogue group composed of distinguished citizens from Colombia and Ecuador to improve relations between the two countries since September 2007.
Latin America has made great strides to control river blindness, so that now — provided treatment and health education initiatives continue — permanent blindness from it no longer is a threat. Yet, until two decades ago, those who suffered from this painful and devastating disease had no hope for treatment.
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(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2013)