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U.S. civic group to provide medical assistance to N. Korea

2016/08/25 11:34

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. private humanitarian group will send medical aid to North Korea next month as part of its efforts to help the impoverished nation, a Washington-based radio station said Thursday.

AmeriCares, a nonprofit organization based in Connecticut, will ship medicine and sanitary goods to seven hospitals and health clinics in Pyongyang, Nampo, North Hwanghae Province and South Pyongan Province, the Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.

According to RFA, the medical goods include antibiotics, medicines for allergy, heart and respiratory disease.

Since its first humanitarian aid in 1997, AmeriCares had sent medical aid to the reclusive country four times every year. In 2016, it said it only sent a shipment out in February, mainly dues to shortage of aid goods.

AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicine, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world and across the United States.

An official of the aid group told RFA that its medical assistance to North Korea has been mainly made through donations in the United States, saying, however, the donation efforts appear to be lackluster these days probably due to Americans' views towards North Korea.

"Despite the challenging political context, AmeriCares — in its mission to help people in need irrespective of their race, creed or political persuasion — is committed to helping the people of North Korea, who have suffered from acute food shortages, natural disasters and isolation," it said on its website, www.americares.org.

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