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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Make A Difference » Partnership Funds 

In 2007, the Health Sciences (CES) University based in Medellin, Colombia, established the CES University Alumni Health Development Fund at the Pan American Health and Education Foundation. This partnership advances PAHEF’s mission to enhance the capacities of health care workers in the Americas. Donor support will allow PAHEF to make grants for research and student scholarships to CES University.


CES University is an independent, private, non-profit academic organization for undergraduate and graduate studies largely in the health fields. It aims for each student to achieve the highest human, ethical, and scientific qualities as a result of their CES studies.

In 1977, the Health Sciences (CES) Institute was founded. Within 30 years, its programs, faculty, and expertise expanded sufficiently for the Ministry of Education to upgrade CES from an institute to a university.

CES academic programs include:
• Medicine (undergraduate and postgraduate, clinical residency, and teaching assistance opportunities),
• Dentistry (undergraduate and postgraduate, dental residency),
• Veterinary medicine and Zootechnical studies (undergraduate and postgraduate),
• Biomedical engineering,
• Physical therapy,
• Biology,
• Public Health,
• Psychology (undergraduate), and
• Emergency Medical Technician.

CES University provides a comprehensive education to more than 2470 students. It promotes self-training and innovation. CES programs have high standards of quality and excellence geared to develop critical, creative, innovative, and ethical graduates.

The university encourages its more than 550 faculty members and more than 170 administrative staff to develop their careers in line with personal, professional, and institutional goals. 


Campuses and training facilities of CES University are largely found in and around Medellin. The CES Clinic is centrally located in downtown Medellin, and is accessible by public transportation. It has a 24-hour emergency department that handles medical and dental emergencies alike. The clinic has 127 beds. It also has an intensive care unit (ICU). Medical and dentistry services vary from general surgery, to neurology, urology, pneumology, plastic surgery, gynecology, etc. Diagnostic support services are clinical laboratories, radiology, ultrasound, cytoscopy, and mammography.

Among faculty and students alike, promotion of research is a core value of CES University. Its clinical and research center provides a full-range of services in dentistry, dermatology, and psychology in Sabaneta. This center houses the Colombian Institute of Tropical Medicine (ICMT) “Antonio Roldán Betancur” and four laboratories that support the CES research groups (basic biomedical science; dermatological diseases; mental health; endoscopic surgery; gynecology; medical education and health technology; emergencies and disasters; health services; cleft lip and cleft palate, oral physiology, and craniofacial growth; dental public health [oral epidemiology] and quality of dental health; bioengineering; dental health promotion and prevention of dental conditions; behavior sciences applied to dentistry, dental biomechanics, and dental geriatrics). ICMT operates in association with the Government of the Department of Antioquia. Selected ICMT research areas include among others:
• Resistance to antibiotics, antimalarials, and antimicotics
• Leishmaniasis
• Chagas Disease
• Intestinal parasites
• Sexually transmitted diseases
• Immunology of infectious diseases
• Vector-borne diseases
• Herpetology
• Dengue
• Molecular epidemiology

CES operates a community health center in Girardota offering a wide range of medical and dental health services. CES Almacentro specializes in basic and advanced dentistry services.

The CES Medical Veterinary and Zootechnical Center supports the School of Veterinary Medicine. It is a modern, state-of-the-art facility on a 27 acre campus.

CES University also has outreach programs in health promotion and disease prevention beyond Medellin and in the villages of La Primavera, El Salado, Pantanillo, and La Mina in Envigado municipality; El Pedregal, El Progeso, and Calatrava in Itagüí municipality; San Antonio de Prado in Medellin municipality; and in the cities of Fredonia, Titiribí, and Sabaneta.

Please donate to CES University Alumni Health Development Fund.