Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is caused by an organism that is resistant to at least isoniazid and rifampicin, the two most potent tuberculosis (TB) drugs. These drugs are used to treat regular tuberculosis. MDR-TB in its mutated state can be passed through the air just like regular TB. We are finding that the majority of people in North Korea become infected with MDR-TB as a result of encountering someone with an active case of the disease.
It is estimated that 5,000 new patients contract multidrug-resistant tuberculosis each year, but a scientific study by the World Health Organization has not yet been concluded. This estimate may be conservative.
Eugene Bell Foundation’s delegation travels to remote areas within North Korea to meet directly with patients. Our delegates provide care and deliver life-saving medication. They also bring in advanced portable diagnostic equipment that allows for quick and accurate assessment of a patient’s condition and progress, ensuring that each patient in the program is taking their prescribed medications.
The EugeneBell multidrug-resistant tuberculosis program is one of the most effective programs in the world. Because of low dropout rates and the utilization of WHO-sanctioned protocols and regimes, we expect over 75% of patients entering the program to be cured of the disease.
Delegations are primarily filled by medical teams and staff but we do hold one or two spots each trip for donors to participate. Availability is limited, but there are opportunities to travel with the foundation’s team to North Korea, meet patients and help with care.
The Eugene Bell Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1995 by Dr. Stephen Winn Linton.
EugeneBell is a non-denominational faith-based organization focused on demonstrating God’s love for all people. Our mission is to stop unnecessary deaths caused by MDR-TB in North Korea. By focusing on this humanitarian calling, we feel that we and our generous supporters are tangibly modeling Christ’s unconditional love.