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October 2002

Ophthalmology in Peru

Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(10):1373-1374. doi:10.1001/archopht.120.10.1373

PERU IS a country located at the central-west margin of South America. The land area is approximately 1 285 216 km2, and it is divided into 3 major natural regions: the coast, the Andes mountains, and the jungle. The country has 26 million inhabitants. Peru is a country in development, 60% of its population is classified as poor; half of these are considered in extreme poverty. Lima, the capital city, contains a third of the country's population. Approximately 40% of the population is unable to access health services owing to economic circumstances and geographic location.

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