N. Korea Could Face Shortage Of TB Medications, Eugene Bell Foundation Warns, Announces Expansion Of TB Control Project In Country

NK News: North Korea could face major tuberculosis medication shortage, NGO warns
“North Korea could face a shortage of medication needed to treat drug-susceptible tuberculosis (TB) medication, the Eugene Bell Foundation NGO warned on Thursday, urging South Koreans to play a more active role in providing humanitarian aid to the DPRK. The shortage, the group said, was tied to international financing organization the Global Fund’s February 2018 decision to withdraw from DPRK operations. … But speaking at a press conference in Seoul on Thursday, Eugene Bell Foundation board member Choi See-moon said the North Korean government is yet to agree to a resumption of the Global Fund’s humanitarian assistance work…” (Ji, 10/17).

Yonhap: N. Korea allows charity group to expand TB program to more districts
“North Korea has allowed a charity group to expand its tuberculosis (TB) control project beyond Pyongyang in an indication that the communist nation recognizes the seriousness of the problem, the chief of the organization said Thursday. Stephen Linton, chairman of the Eugene Bell Foundation based in the United States and South Korea, made the remark during a press conference in Seoul after foundation officials made a three-week visit last month…” (Yi, 10/17).