NCD Assistant Director-General visits DPR Korea

Dr Oleg Chestnov, Assistant Director-General for Non Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO, visited DPR Korea to review NCD and health system development collaboration and increase resource mobilization for the country’s health projects.

Multi-sectoral partnerships in the health sector and other health issues came up for discussions at meetings Dr Chestnov had with the Ministry of Public Health, other ministries, and UN organizations. Dr Chestnov, also visited primary health care facilities.

State of the art technology boosts DPR Korea’s efforts to control TB

On 26 October 2016 the Ministry of Health of DPR Korea received four Gene Xpert machines, one set of calibration kits and 1,000 diagnostic cartridges from the WHO. These machines allow the rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) including of drug resistant TB.

The new state of the art equipment will enable the expansion of the National TB Control Program to four more provinces in DPRK.

WHO provides emergency health supplies, funds to flood-hit DPR Korea

World Health Organization is providing emergency health supplies and funds to DPR Korea where flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains have left hundreds of thousands of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in its northern provinces.

To meet immediate health needs of the affected population, USD 175,000 has been made available from WHO South-East Asia Regional Emergency Fund (SEARHEF). Medicines and medical equipment have been provided in form of 26 emergency health kits. Each emergency health kit can take care of health needs of 10 000 population for three months. Five tents have been provided to establish temporary hospitals in the affected areas along with diarrhoeal kits, water filters and water testing kits.

World No Tobacco Day commemorated DRK Korea

Over 250 participants took part in the 2016 World No Tobacco Day commemorations on 31st May 2016, at the People's Palace of Culture, in Pyongyang, DPR Korea. The event was hosted jointly by the Ministry of Health and WHO.

Government officials, diplomatic and international organization representatives, and other dignitaries attended the event which included a special presentation by a 75 year old man who reflected on his experience as a past smoker and his personal journey towards successfully quitting smoking.

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