Lessons learnt from WASH programmes in North Korea
The aim of this paper is to document Concern Worldwide’s extensive experience over sixteen years of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programming in North Korea.
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Why DPRK? Chronic food insecurity and childhood malnutrition are widespread in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Over 10 million people are undernourished – its hunger problem classified as ‘serious' in the 2018 Global Hunger Index. Increased frequency of droughts and floods have also left the country vulnerable.
Our work in DPRK mainly focuses on improving food security and nutrition, water and sanitation, responding to emergencies, and building resilience.
DPRK has remained extremely vulnerable to frequent disasters and the impact of climate change. In August 2018, over 600mm of rainfall was recorded in 12 hours, which resulted in flooding and landslides, leaving 76 people dead.
Separately, around 20% of the population face gaps in the water supply, with a noted lack of resources to replace dilapidated facilities.
We are proud of Concern’s strong presence in DPRK, addressing the most complex and protracted humanitarian crisis in the present day scenario.
"People are stunted here because they don’t get enough nutrition as children. The physical work that they do every day is enormous."
We delivered water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support and winterisation kits to 4,700 vulnerable women and children.
Our work in DPRK focuses on improving food security and nutrition, water and sanitation, responding to emergencies and building resilience.
We partner with a range of organisations that share our passion and the results have been fantastic.