* Date : 2015-12-15
The Eugene Bell Foundation began providing humanitarian aid to North Korea through the food assistance program in 1995. Since 1997, they have been focusing more on a medical assistance program, supplying drugs and diagnostic equipment necessary to treat tuberculosis (TB), which is considered the most serious health issue in North Korea. In recent years, they shifted their attention to multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).
Stephen Linton, the founder and chairman of the Eugene Bell Foundation, is the great-grandson of Eugene Bell, who served as a missionary in Seoul and Mokpo after being dispatched in 1895. Mr. Linton founded the Eugene Bell Foundation in the year that marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Eugene Bell's missionary work in Korea.
We visited the foundation’s office in Seoul to meet Mr. Linton and discuss his humanitarian work in North Korea. We also caught a glimpse of him working on a special heating system to be installed in the wards that are currently being constructed to better accommodate the MDR-TB patients in North Korea.
Join us this week on The INNERview to meet Stephen Linton, the Chairman of the Eugene Bell Foundation, a non-profit organization that is helping to give North Korean MDR-TB patients a second chance at life.