Waging Peace.
Fighting Disease.
Building Hope.


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.


Waging Peace

The Carter Center, together with the United Nations Development Program supported the work of a dialogue group composed of distinguished citizens from Colombia and Ecuador to improve relations between the two countries beginning in September 2007.

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Fighting Disease

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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Map of Colombia


Size: 1,138,910 square kilometers

Population: 46,736,728

Population below poverty line: 33 percent

Life expectancy at birth: 75 years

Ethnic groups: mestizo, white, mulatto, black, mixed black-Amerindian, Amerindian

Religions: Roman Catholic, other

Language: Spanish (official)


(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2015)

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