Stephen Linton first visits North Korea as an observer to the World Table Tennis Federation’s games in Pyongyang. During his visit, he serves as an unofficial advisor to the Federation. In the fall of that year, he enters a Ph.D. program at Columbia University focusing on ideology and education on the Korean peninsula.
Dr. Stephen Linton serves as Billy Graham’s special consultant from 1991-95, accompanying Rev. Graham on his visits to North Korea where he meets President Kim Il Sung. Dr. Linton also helps design and deliver a mobile dental clinic to the North Korean Red Cross Hospital sponsored by Rev. Billy Graham.
Dr. Stephen Linton becomes founder of the EugeneBell Centennial Foundation (later shortened to Eugene Bell Foundation) in conjunction with the 100th year anniversary of Reverend EugeneBell and Charlotte Witherspoon Bell’s arrival in Korea. EugeneBell is designed to provide critical research, teaching and consulting related to North Korea.
EugeneBell starts a systematic and comprehensive program of regular support to a dozen North Korean tuberculosis hospitals and more than 60 long-term treatment facilities (care centers). The program would eventually send more than 20 mobile X-ray vehicles, diagnostic equipment and DOTS tuberculosis medication kits for more than 250,000 patients.
Five portable patient wards are built and shipped to North Korea with funding from Korean churches in Vancouver and help from Habitat for Humanity Korea.
Experts from Harvard University and Partners in Health help EugeneBell design an effective multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment system for North Korea.
Expansion of the number of Multidrug-resistant TB treatment centers from six to eight, increasing patient capacity from 500 to 800.
Adds GeneXpert diagnostic equipment to the EugeneBell program, allowing on-site, rapid diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
PIH (Partners in Health) selects EugeneBell to provide XDR-TB (Extreme Drug Resistant) treatment to North Korea by under the “END TB Project” funded by UNITAID.
All twelve MDR-TB treatment centers sponsored by EugeneBell reach maximum capacity. To alleviate overcrowding, EugeneBell initiates a new program to provide safe, warm and durable duplex patient wards. Seven new wards are assembled as part of a pilot program.