UNICEF Gives Nutrition Aid to N.Korean Children

Ben Cho, Aug. 10, 2016, 10:21 a.m.

UNICEF has been giving nutrition aid to some 1.7 million children in North Korea since January, Radio Free Asia reported on Tuesday. UNICEF said it supplied supplements, vitamins and emergency medical supplies worth US$2.4 million to some 20,000 severely malnourished children and vitamins to about 1.55 million. 

The organization also spent $1.52 million giving vaccine shots to about 168,000 children and delivering emergency medical supplies. Some 250,000 North Koreans now have clean water through a water and sewage improvement project that cost about $200,000, the report says.

Eleven million North Koreans including six million children are thought to suffer from malnutrition and related diseases. And nearly half of North Koreans need food support, medical supplies and clean water. The report says $18 million is needed to implement aid projects for the North this year but UNICEF managed to raise a mere $4 million in the first half of this year. 

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