The North Korean Ministry of Health granted Eugene Bell access to another four TB Centers expanding the number of patients under care by more than 100%…
Tuberculosis work in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is not easy. Access is limited to two visits per year, telephone and fax communications are difficult (we do not have access to email) and the hope of having an office in-country is still a distant dream. It has taken years to perfect an assistance program that meets these challenges. Our office in Seoul deserves most of the credit for this tedious and exacting work.
The Eugene Bell Foundation (EBF), a humanitarian relief organization that has specialized in providing medical assistance to North Korea since 1995, will expand and refocus its operations in the new year according to its Chairman, Dr. Stephen W. Linton who has just returned from a visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The recent journey was the EBF's final trip of 2002 to North Korea.
The 2002 Spring Tuberculosis Delegation visit to the DPR of Korea (North Korea), marked a milestone in EugeneBell's efforts to help tuberculosis hospitals and care centers. Thanks to generous donors, we were able to send ten more "New Packages" of diagnostic equipment, medication, and agricultural support along with our regular shipment of "Re-supply Packages" to institutions already in the program.