Waging Peace.
Fighting Disease.
Building Hope.


The Carter Center, through the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas, has been working in Ecuador since 1996 to eliminate river blindness disease in the nation and throughout the Americas. At the country's invitation, since 1998, the Center also has monitored elections, helped combat government corruption, and facilitated dialogue with neighboring countries.


Waging Peace

In the last decade, Ecuador underwent major institutional and democratic transformation. In this context, the government of President Rafael Correa invited The Carter Center in 2007 to participate in several efforts, including the accompaniment of the Constituent Assembly process and the facilitation of a citizen dialogue process between Ecuador and Colombia.

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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 the disease no longer is a threat. Yet, until two decades ago, those who suffered from this painful and devastating disease had no hope for treatment.

Read full text on the Carter Center's health work in Ecuador >


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Map of Ecuador


Size: 283,561 square kilometers

Population: 15,868,396

Population below poverty line: 26 percent
Life expectancy: 77 years

Ethnic groups: mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white), Montubio, Afroecuadorian, Amerindian, white, other

Religions: Roman Catholic, other

Languages: Spanish (official), indigenous (Quechua, Shuar)


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

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