Population Displacement

Due to intense violence, large portions of Colombia’s population flee their homes, thus encountering many physical and mental health challenges.  In addition to the lack of access to health services, these vulnerable individuals experience a loss of productivity and poor sanitation and living conditions. PAHO/WHO, in collaboration with several partners, has been engaged in an on-going project to improve the health of internally displaced populations (IDP).  

In collaboration with international, national and local partners, PAHO/WHO aims to reduce emergency health needs of displaced populations and focuses activities on:

1. Improving health information

2. Coordinating the health response

3. Reducing the gaps in health services for IDP

4. Ensuring health systems function during and after a crisis

Learn more about the different activities in Colombia