A Skewed View From the Summit

As the latest US-North Korea summit kicks off today in Hanoi, denuclearization, sanctions and a possible peace declaration are taking center stage.

But peeling back the curtain reveals North Korea’s “silent healthcare crisis.”

A 2017 UNICEF survey found that 19% of North Korea’s children were stunted—an improvement from 62% in 1998 but still a problem. A third of reproductive age women are undernourished. 40% of the country’s population requires humanitarian aid.

The goals laid out for this summit will not fix a dire health system. Should tensions dissipate, North Korea “will need prolonged and extensive care.”

IRIN News (opinion)

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