According to Amnesty International , North Korea’s health system in its new report, released Thursday last week, is in big trouble. The state fails to provide even the most basic health and survival needs for its people.
“Supplies, such as syringes are used and re-used, sometimes with very little care for hygiene,” said Norma Kang Muico, an Amnesty International researcher. “And there’s such a shortage of medicines that surgeries are often performed without the aid of anesthesia or not enough anesthesia to control the pain.”

Amnesty says its information comes from health professionals who work in the reclusive country and 40 North Koreans now living abroad. They say malnutrition has caused chronic health problems, with the hungry resorting to eating grass, roots and tree bark. The report also says that tuberculosis has made a comeback in the country.

What can the UN do for these people? In Februari it was already known that Korea had a food shortage.

What has been done to help the people since then?

“16 July 2010 – United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes today allocated some $41 million in emergency funding to boost humanitarian operations in nine countries where people are suffering the effects of hunger, malnutrition, disease, and conflict.

The money from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will help cover funding gaps in key humanitarian projects in Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Yemen, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Central African Republic (CAR), Djibouti, Eritrea, Republic of Congo and Nepal.

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