WHO and UNICEF support DPR Korea to re-introduce Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in its National Immunization Programme from 15th May 2018
DPR Korea has been maintaining its polio-free status since 1997 and actively implementing the polio eradication and endgame strategic plan (2013-2018) in alignment with the goal three of the South East Asia Regional Vaccine Action Plan (SEARVAP) and the Global Polio End game Initiative (GPEI). The objective two of the global polio end game plan calls for the strengthened routine immunization services, introduction of at least one dose of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) in the routine immunization schedule.
United Nations Under-Secretary General’s (for Political Affairs) visit to the Central Tuberculosis preventive Institute (CTPI) and the Institute of the Breast Tumour at the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital
Mr. Jeffery Feltman, the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs visited DPRK from 5-8th December 2017. During this visit the Under-secretary general observed humanitarian support provided by the UN agencies based in DPRK . He was accompanied by the UN resident coordinator , WHO representative , the officer in charge of the UNFPA , the Deputy Director General of International Organizations in the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) , technical and national officers of the WHO and UNFPA. On 7th December 2017, the under-secretary general observed two health institutions supported by the WHO . They were (1) Breast Tumour Institute at the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital, (2) Central TB Preventive Institute (CTPI)
In 2005, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance provided a funding stream to address bottlenecks in immunization service delivery, found within the wider integrated maternal and child health service delivery platform, for health systems in multiple countries.
In 2007, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) became one of the earliest recipients of the Gavi Health System Strengthening (HSS) support through its UN partners WHO and UNICEF. In 2014, DPRK secured the second phase of the Gavi HSS support .
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has consistently supported global efforts to address the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). DPRK played an active role in the Jaipur Declaration in 2011 where health ministers in the WHO’s South East Asia Region (SEAR) endorsed plans for effective AMR management in the region. Subsequently, DPRK identified AMR as a public health priority for action. In alignment with the 68th world health assembly resolution on the Global Action Plan (GAP) for antimicrobial resistance, DPRK committed to drafting a national action plan on AMR management.
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WHO Representative to DPR Korea
WHO Country Office for DPR Korea
14 Hudong, Munsudong,
Pyongyang, DPR Korea.
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UN's Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs observed UN supported projects in DPRK including health facilities supported by WHO
Video courtesy: Ministry of Public Health and KCNA