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$20 million is slated for North’s children

Mar 28,2006
Seoul will give the World Health Organization just over $20 million for women and infant health programs in North Korea, the Unification Ministry said yesterday.
Lee Jong-seok, the minister, signed an agreement with Lee Jong-wook, the director-general of the WHO in Seoul yesterday. The grant is a two-year one; this year, Seoul will contribute $10.68 million, half in cash and half in kind, with the balance to be sent in 2007.
The ministry invoked human rights of infants, children and their mothers in explaining the reasons for the grants. An official there said the grants would also be used to build infrastructure to support public health programs.
The money will be used to train medical workers, renovate hospitals and improve the management of Pyongyang’s Health Ministry, the ministry said.


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