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Preliminary results from the 2018 Census by the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) have shown interesting news for Colombia, the major one probably being that instead of the projected 50 millions of habitants expected in 2018 in the Census 2005 projections, Colombia’s population in 2018 was 45.5 million (DANE 2018). Although, the differences in population projections vs. censuses totals have been described across countries in Latin America, Colombia seems to be a country with a major gap. Knowing how many people live in the country is important for governmental planning, public spending, and to set up goals according to public needs. Therefore, these news from the 2018 Census were received with caution among different sectors.

Julian Santaella-Tenorio, Universidad del Valle. Cali, Colombia


Veterinary doctor with master's and doctorate studies in epidemiology. Julian has worked in research on transmission of infectious agents from animals to humans. In the last 10 years, he has investigated the prevention of violence and injuries, mental health and the consumption of psychoactive substances in the population. He is currently a professor and coordinator of the Master of Clinical Epidemiology at the Universidad Javeriana, professor at the School of Public Health at the Universidad del Valle and consultant to the Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy at NYU Langone 


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