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Approach

How we make sure your donations go directly to those with the greatest need.


North Korea is an especially difficult place to reach and work.  We often get questions about how our program ensures that everyday citizens most in need of life saving care are being reached.  Over the past two decades, the Eugene Bell Foundation has taken extraordinary efforts, with full cooperation from the North Korean government, to ensure the highest levels of program transparency.  Simply stated, the North Korean Aid we bring into the country and the life saving TB care provided by our medical delegations is directed exclusively to the citizens of North Korea who are infected with this deadly disease.  Unlike any other Korean charity, the Eugene Bell Foundation returns to North Korea every six months, regularly meeting with and caring for patients.

Here’s a few examples of why the Eugene Bell Foundation’s North Korean TB Care program is so extraordinary:

Medical Delegations

Twice a year, the Eugene Bell Foundation’s medical delegations travel to patients in North Korea. Teams travel the country from the south in Kaesong to the northwest near the Chinese border.

Health Assessments

Eugene Bell Foundation’s medical teams meet with each patient in the program to asses their overall health and collect sputum samples to measure progress in the strict regimen of daily medication.

Highest Quality Drugs

The Eugene Bell Foundation imports the highest quality drugs available and personally hand-delivers the medicine directly to patients diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

Medical Protocols

Eugene Bell Foundation treatment regimens and dosing protocols are based on World Health Organization guidelines. EugeneBell Medical Director Dr. KJ Seung actually co-authored the WHO’s global field guide on care and treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients.

State of the Art Equipment

Eugene Bell Foundation teams are equipped with state-of-the-art portable diagnostic equipment, allowing for real time analysis and prognosis. A swift diagnosis ensures that multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients can be immediately admitted into the program and start taking life-saving medications.

Relationship with North Korea

The Eugene Bell Foundation maintains an unprecedented twenty-year working relationship with North Korea’s Ministry of Public Health to ensure high standards of treatment and basic patient care.

As a result of the above steps and many other things going on behind the scenes by dedicated staff and volunteers, the default rate from patients in the EugeneBell program are some of the lowest in the world. Globally, less than 50% of patients who start multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment are successfully cured; however, over 70% of patients are cured in North Korea through the foundation’s program.