Malaria Day 2017 was observed in Pyongyang, DPR Korea on 13 July 2017.
The commemorative event was held at 15:00 in the People’s Palace of Culture and attended by representatives from the Ministry of Public Health, UN agencies, diplomatic missions, International Organizations, media and malaria related health workers and volunteers.
Dr. Pak Jong Min, Director of the Department of External Affairs, MoPH mentioned in his opening remarks that the government has committed to eliminate malaria by 2022. The key interventions like Mass Primaquine Preventive Therapy (MPPT), Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN), Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) and Insecticide Treated Clothes (ITC) have been carried out with a coverage rate of more than 95% and the capacity for lab testing and treatment has been reinforced at Primary Health Care (PHC) level. As a result, the number of nationwide malaria cases were brought down to 5113 in 2016, which is a 71.8% reduction compared with 2010, thus laying a solid foundation to enter the malaria elimination stage from 2018.
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 .
After a span of a decennium (2007-2017) of Gavi HSS support, WHO country office, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, UNICEF, Gavi and the Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Programme (HITAP) of the Thailand Ministry of Public Health coordinated an independent, external evaluation of the Gavi HSS support (2007-2017) in DPRK.
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.
Recognizing that the knowledge base in the field of AMR is new, changing and expanding rapidly and considering the need to transmit that knowledge to professionals in the DPRK, the Ministry of Public Health requested technical and financial support from WHO through conducting a national seminar on AMR with participants from the health, agriculture and fisheries sectors. This workshop was conducted from 22-24th August, 2017 at the e-Library of the Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang. Dr. Sirenda Vong, the AMR focal point at the WHO’s regional office for the South-East Asia Region (SEARO) conducted the national seminar with Dr.Pushpa Ranjan Wijesinghe, the AMR focal point at the WHO country office.
In late June 2017, the government of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) signaled that the country was undergoing a serious drought in five southern provinces (North and South Hwanghae, North and South Pyongan, and Nampo City). WHO country office joined the joint fact finding mission of the United Nations country team (UNCT) and the government of DPRK to the drought affected areas on 26th July 2017. The fact finding mission helped the WHO to understand the anticipated health related issues resulting from the drought and outline a response.
Taking into consideration that the most critical patients will be referred to the county hospitals, WHO identified 20 county hospitals in the affected provinces as the most appropriate environmental enablers of life-saving rapid response. WHO’s focus is thus to use these county hospitals as the setting to aid in the reduction of mortality due to the resulting impact on health caused by the drought. The WHO’s rapid response to these health concerns will entail provisions of essential medicines, critical life-saving medical equipment and improving water safety and quality in the 20 county hospitals.
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