Health Reconstruction in North Korea

Korean Unification - Working Paper Series

“… North Korea is not an undeveloped country; it is a country that has fallen out of the developed world... “ Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, NY: Spiegel and Grau, 2009, pp. 4.

“…until recent years international agencies found that life expectancy rates, child welfare, inoculation rates and general public health conditions were all quite good in North Korea, comparatively speaking. Unlike other places afflicted by humanitarian disasters, this is not a peripheral, penetrated state with a weak government.”