Why Colombia’s population has surged despite a Zika epidemic
Colombia’s number of babies born in 2017 was the highest in the world, but it wasn’t as high as 2016’s and the country’s population increased by more than 10 million people, according to a report from the US-based Pew Research Center.
In its annual Global Health Outlook, the Pew Research report noted that Colombia’s rapid growth in the past decade is attributed to the Zika virus and the increase in its birth rate.
In 2016, the country had a population of 1.7 billion.
The country is projected to reach 2.4 billion in 2020, the report said.
The report, which examined population trends in more than 100 countries, also noted that the number of births in Colombia has increased by nearly 10 million in the last decade, from 1.5 million in 2014 to 2.5 years ago.
According to the report, the increase is a result of “improved health care services and more women participating in family planning,” as well as better access to contraceptives.
Colombia has been in the news recently after President Juan Manuel Santos announced a series of measures, including the creation of a National Plan for Women, which aims to increase the number and share of births and births by women, and the establishment of a national public health care system.
The country also announced the creation in 2016 of the National Action Plan for the Prevention of Birth Defects and Other Infant Mortality in Colombia, which will be coordinated with the national health service and health ministries.
The number of newborns in Colombia rose by 8.2 percent between 2016 and 2017, according the report.
The rise in birth rates is particularly important to Colombia because it has seen the rapid spread of Zika, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday.
Since January, more than 1,600 cases of Zika have been reported in Colombia.
The virus has been found in two of the countrys five major cities, the capital Bogota and the city of Cusco.
The virus has also been linked to birth defects, including microcephaly and birth defects in babies under the age of three, according with the World Economic Forum.
The WHO has also declared Colombia the most vulnerable country in the Americas to the virus, with a current death toll estimated at 1,200.