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US charity helps DPRK fight TB

By Associated Press in Washington | China Daily | Updated: 2014-10-15 09:16

Despite poor relations between the governments of the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, a US charity is ramping up efforts against an epidemic of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the DPRK, where it says it is making inroads in fighting the deadly disease.

The Eugene Bell Foundation travels to the DPRK twice a year, bringing high-end equipment and drugs to treat TB patients. The foundation returns this month on a whirlwind, three-week mission to help hundreds of patients.

Pyongyang currently faces stiff US criticism for detaining three US citizens. But the foundation, located in Washington, says it has a good working relationship with Pyongyang and its doctors. It started out providing food aid in the 1990s, but has since mostly helped the nation's health system.

US charity helps DPRK fight TB

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