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Improving the health situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

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Impoverished and isolated North Korea, which is subject to multiple sets of United Nations Security Council sanctions over its pursuit of nuclear weapons, suffers from chronic food shortages and inadequate health services according to international aid agencies. Hospitals lack medicines, equipment, and trained staff.

In this year's "needs and priorities" assessment of North Korea, the UN Development Programme described its healthcare services as "inadequate" with a "lack of essential medical equipment, pharmaceutical remedies, appropriate referral systems, therapeutic equipment and assistive devices, as well as limited professional capacity". It added "Furthermore, health infrastructure is poor with many facilities having inconsistent water, electricity and heating." North Korea's health infrastructure is "crumbling" and "in dire need of help," according to Amnesty International. The country spent less on healthcare per capita than any other country in 2009 according to the World Health Organization. Meanwhile, pervasive malnutrition has led to a tuberculosis epidemic, while infant mortality rates are far higher than neighbouring South Korea, among other health crises.



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