February 25, 2024

North Korea ranks third-to-last in new global health security index

DPRK’s preparedness for a disease outbreak ranks among worst in the world, study says

North Korea’s ability to withstand a major infectious disease outbreak ranks among the worst in the world, according to a new global public health study made public in recent days.

The study, conducted jointly by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the nonprofit Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), highlighted the DPRK’s severe lack of public health infrastructure, trained medical personnel, ability to communicate important safety information — and commitment to improving them.