Malaria day 2018 was observed in Pyongyang, DPR Korea on 18th July 2018. Holding it in July, under the theme “Ready to beat Malaria”, coincided with the malaria transmission season in the country and fosters broader awareness and more effective advocacy across all national and international partners and the community in the country. As the major activity, a central level event was held to commemorate the Malaria day 2018 at the Grand People’s house, Pyongyang. It was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), UN agencies, diplomatic missions, international organizations, health workers and volunteers involved in anti- malaria activities and the media.
DPR Korea is awarded the Public Health Achievement Award for verification of elimination of measles in the 71st session of the Regional Committee
The Regional Verification Commission, an independent body of experts, that met in Delhi from 31 July to 2 August, based on an in-depth review of the data and reports provided by the national verification committee of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) , verified that DPR Korea interrupted transmission of indigenous measles for more than three years.
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 .
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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