Reverend EugeneBell is sent to Korea as a missionary by the Southern Presbyterian Church in the United States.


William Linton, grandfather of Stephen Linton, is appointed as a Southern Presbyterian missionary to Korea. He would serve there until 1960.


Hugh Linton, son of William Linton and Charlotte Bell Linton, is born in Kunsan, Korea. He would serve as a missionary to Korea from 1953 until his death in 1984. His second son, Stephen Linton, would become the founder of the Eugene Bell Foundation.


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 is appointed as Associate Director of Columbia University’s Center for Korean Research. He organizes and leads a delegation of academics to Pyongyang and serves as a consultant to numerous organizations interested in developing contacts with North Korea.


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 begins providing food aid to North Korea. The Foundation sent approximately 10,000 tons (150 boxcar loads) of grain, thanks to generous donors in the US and South 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.


A relationship is established with the Pyongyang Medical School to develop its laparoscopy techniques. For the first time, a team of doctors from the North Korean Red Cross Hospital train at an American hospital (Johns Hopkins).


Dr. Stephen W. Linton wins the 4th Annual Manhae Peace Prize. Eugene Bell Foundation receives the 6th annual ‘Woon Kyung Prize’ for political and social work.


EugeneBell began a Diagnostic and Operating Room Assistance Program for local hospitals. The program would eventually provide assistance for more than 50 medical facilities.


The EugeneBell medical transport system sent medical supplies through a network of thirty small one-ton trucks to institutions enrolled in the Partner Package Program to insure accurate and timely delivery of donated assistance.


The inauguration of the first multidrug-resistant tuberculosis program in North Korea.


USAID chooses EugeneBell as a partner to provide large generators, upgraded wiring and medical equipment to three hospitals in South Pyongyang Province, enabling the treatment of more than 51,000 North Koreans.


The ‘One-to-One Program’ is developed to raise support for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients in North Korea. The program soon grows to include more than 600 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.


Director Min Huh’s documentary film “Breathe Life,” which presents the Eugene Bell Foundation’s story and mission, wins the Best Picture Award at the Pan Pacific Film Festival.


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.


Expands the number of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment centers from eight to twelve, increasing patient capacity to 1,500 patients.


EugeneBell purchases six more GeneXperts, equipment for on-site diagnosis of MDR-TB, to enroll more patients rapidly. EugeneBell begins to support MDR-TB hospitals in North and South Hwanghae Province.


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.


Purchased four more GeneXperts to facilitate rapid registration of more patients


A documentary on Eugene Bell Foundation’s work entitled ‘Out of Breath’ was produced and aired on NHK World.


Purchased more GeneXperts, and initiated a pilot project called ‘Early Detection, Early Treatment’ by loaning GeneXperts to local TB diagnostic centers to diagnose drug resistance


Shipped 20 patient wards to Sadong MDR-TB Hospital as the first phase of consolidating Pyongyang MDR-TB patients into one facility to make expansion of the program to other areas possible.