Colombia faces numerous barriers in improving healthcare due to its wide-ranging landscapes, increasing poverty and having one of the largest internally displaced populations in the world as a result of more than five decades of internal armed conflict.
Through its ongoing partnership with the Order of Malta, Americares brings access to healthcare and medical supplies to some of the country’s most remote and under-served communities, reaching more than 50 active sub-recipients.
Working in Colombia since 1985.
In 2018, Americares began operating medical clinics in Colombia, to provide essential primary care services and access to medicine for migrants fleeing the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela. Americares continues its efforts to provide healthcare services by focusing predominantly on pregnant women, children, and delivering mental health services to this vulnerable population.
Due to Colombia’s location within the Pacific Ring of Fire, it puts the population at higher risk of experiencing earthquakes, flooding, and volcanoes eruptions. Not only are residents vulnerable to natural disasters, but with a high rate of poverty – roughly 27 percent – its makes it difficult for them to access necessary healthcare and increases their vulnerability to certain diseases in the region.