[Harvard Review] Unexpected Partnerships with North Korea

December 3, 2014


(Korea Times file)

(Korea Times file)


Despite political tension surrounding the country, NGOs have found ways to collaborate effectively with the North Korean government in an effort to fight its deadliest disease.

When North Korea makes international headlines, it is often about Kim Jong-un and his latest threats against South Korea and the United States. When human rights in the country are discussed, it is often in relation to labor camps and food shortages. However, what is often overlooked are humanitarian issues like tuberculosis (TB), a disease that has largely vanished from the developed world but remains the deadliest infectious disease in North Korea.