MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - An airlift of medical supplies provided
by World Vision is en route to North Korea to help the isolated country
reeling from the recent flooding that claimed more than 300 lives.
Nearly one million people have been affected by downpours and landslides,
with thousands injured and many more left homeless. The United Nations is
appealing for US$14 million to assist North Korea, a country where few aid
agencies are allowed to access.
World Vision, together with its partners MAP International and Health
Partners International Canada, is responding to the dire need by providing
vaccines, antibiotics, rehydration solutions, multi-vitamins as well as
anti-diarrhea and anti-inflammatory medicines. The $3 million worth of
pharmaceutical supplies includes vaccines for tetanus and diphtheria worth
$1.6 million that were donated by Canadian pharmaceutical company, Sanofi
The Canadian-donated medicines complemented relief supplies provided by a
U.S. charity. The cargo plane left from Charlotte, North Carolina Thursday
morning and is due to arrive in North Korea this evening.
"Children are always the most vulnerable in any disaster situation. These
medical supplies will be used to help these children," said Dave Toycen,
President and CEO of World Vision Canada.
World Vision began working in North Korea in 2000 and operates 10
development projects in the country. World Vision is a Christian relief,
development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children,
families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Motivated by our
Christian faith, we serve all people regardless of religion, race, gender or
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