Democratic People's Republic of Korea

In 2019, MSF teams returned to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), when we launched a general healthcare and tuberculosis treatment programme.

We are helping to improve TB diagnosis and treatment at two TB hospitals in North Hamgyong province, in the north of the country, by supplying equipment, and providing training.

Our teams are also working to strengthen general healthcare at health facilities at county and community level, with a focus on paediatrics, support for the management of children with malnutrition, sterilisation of medical equipment and infrastructure improvement.

We have supported the DPRK Ministry of Public Health’s preparedness to respond to a potential outbreak of COVID-19 by providing personal protective equipment and diagnostic items.

Our activities in 2022 in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.

MSF in DPR Korea in 2022 The borders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) remained closed in 2022, preventing Médecins Sans Frontières and other humanitarian organisations from visiting projects and delivering supplies.
DPR Korea IAR map 2022

The medical humanitarian situation in DPRK reportedly deteriorated throughout the year. All international aid agencies have withdrawn from the country due to the ongoing border closures and strict movement restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the UN-led sanctions. The economic situation in the country appears to have worsened, with people facing severe shortages of food and medicines, and limited access to healthcare.

Despite restrictions, we continued to engage with the authorities, aiming to resume activities when possible. 


Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Aid workers warn of North Korea's forgotten health crisis

Project Update 21 Jul 2005

Urgent appeal for the protection of North Korean refugees in China

Press Release 20 Jan 2003
Democratic People's Republic of Korea

North Korea - Aid meant for the hungry

Press Release 16 May 2002
Democratic People's Republic of Korea

The humanitarian situation and refugees in North Korea

Project Update 2 May 2002
Democratic People's Republic of Korea

MSF calls on donors to review their aid policy towards DPRK

Press Release 30 Sep 1998