Although the health status of Colombians has improved greatly since the 1980s, the country still faces challenges posed by the presence of tropical diseases.

In 1990, URC and our non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services, launched the Columbia component of the Quality Assurance Project, providing technical assistance and conducting operations research on health care quality improvement. The project helped the Ministry of Health achieve large-scale improvements in compliance with healthcare standards and outcomes in diverse care areas, including essential obstetric and newborn care, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, AIDS treatment and care, pediatric hospital care, and tuberculosis treatment.