The Colombian Healthcare System and Its Ability to Address COVID – 19

June 26, 2020


Published in Noticias Profesores

The current situation, caused by the COVID - 19 virus, has generated a series of contemplations related to how well prepared were the healthcare system and the healthcare providers in Colombia, as well as their strengths and weaknesses to face the pandemic.

With the objective of promoting the study of the subject the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation decided to finance 25 research-projects nationwide. Among the group of projects that were chosen is the one led by Universidad de los Andes’ School of Management professor, Simon Turner, titled "Análisis de la coordinación de un cambio sistémico significativo en el sistema de salud colombiano como respuesta al COVID-19" which is being developed at a national level and will be worked together with Natalia Niño, Postdoctoral assistant, and Ana María Ulloa, Carolina Segura, Natalia Botero and Vivian Valencia, research assistants.

The study seeks to qualitatively analyze the response of the Colombian healthcare system to the COVID-19 emergency in three case studies at the local level. The research will collect information on limiting factors such as ‘bottlenecks’, as well as successful and innovative practices at the local level that can be scaled and replicated throughout the country. The results will be shared with the different actors of the system in order to inform and contribute the planning of the health system in the response to COVID - 19 and future pandemics.

“Along with the researchers who are part of my team, I am deeply interested in making a contribution to health service planning through qualitative research, by developing and sharing lessons to improve coordination and capacity in response to the coronavirus to share nationally and internationally” says Professor Turner.

On June 30 the Mincienciatón Summit: Disruptive innovation against COVID – 19, took place organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia. This summit sought to be a space to promote interaction and dialogue on initiatives and proposals from the research against the virus. During the event, the selected projects presented their progress in the development of solutions to face problems caused by the pandemic and other acute respiratory infections of great impact on public health.

This scenario featured the presence of President Iván Duque, the Vice President of the Republic, Marta Lucía Ramírez, and the participation of researchers, academics, the scientific community, businessmen, students, experts and other government representatives.

Those interested may consult the agenda and additional information at:

For more information about Professor Turner’s project, please visit


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