In May and at the end of the first project phase we visited four out of the 11 provincial CDC labs (Haeju, Hamhung, Pyongyang, Pyongyang City) and the central CDC lab in Pyongyang for an evaluation. Equipment and materials were at the sites and the staff was trained. Having newly installed functional lab capacities in an incipient national network the crucial point remains now to increase the number of samples for microbiological analysis which could be taken in by the hospitals in the closer catchment area. With the numbers the experiences will rise and quality of the analysis improve.
Foto: Look into the solar powered refrigerator with antisera
Foto: Results of the analyses will be shared with the central data base
Foto: Lab space at Pyongsong
Beginning of March after the Ebola preventive measures ended a new monitoring visit took place. In Hamhung we had a look at the four solar greenhouses in front of the Provincial General Hospital which received their final touch inside. At the Hospital itself we were shown the place where one of the two new endoscopy equipments will be installed. Up to now only a gastroscopy unit is working.
Greenhouses at the Muncheon TB care center, for the Wonsan TB Hospital and the Children Hospital had already produced first harvests.
Foto: Solar greenhouse for Wonsan TB Hospital
Foto: Mushroom production at greenhouse for Wonsan Pediatric Hospital
The Pyongyang CDC laboratory and Haeju CDC laboratory are now also ready to receive the laboratory equipment and materials which are still stored at the central warehouse.
Foto: Renovated Pyongyang CDC Laboratory
At the central warehouse we found as well the 1.000 blankets and 12 tons vegetable oil ready for distribution to mostly TB care centers.
Foto: Vegetable oil for TB care centers at the warehouse
Beginning of January after two months of hiatus Pyongyang was visited again. The Ebola preventive measures were still in place and hindered further movement to the project sites. Fruitful discussions about ongoing project activities were held with our North Korean counter part. Part of our supplies for the provincial CDC laboratories had arrived. Several trainings of lab assistants had been conducted during the past months. The remaining workshops are planned for the next weeks.
The two additional endoscopy units shipped before were found in the central store (see below). They will be distributed to the health facilities after doctors participated in the coming training workshop in February.
Out of the 15 new greenhouses 9 will be in South Hamgyong Province, 4 in Kangwon Province and 2 in Pyongyang area. During the last trip in October we had a look at 5 sites.
Photo: New solar greenhouse construction site at Doksong TB Care Center, South Hamgyong Province
Photo: Blocks prepared near greenhouse construction site at Munchon TB Care Center, Kangwon Province
The opportunity was also taken to visit 4 out of the 11 provincial laboratories where remodeling works are going on.
Photo: At the CDC Laboratory of North Pyongan Province at Sinuiju
This year additional 15 solar greenhouses financed by German Government will be constructed to grow vegetable for TB and Hepatitis patients. The benefitting health facilities will be concentrated in South Hamgyong and Kangwon. Beginning of September proposed construction sites were visited in Hamhung and Wonsan area.
Photo: Location for planned solar greenhouse construction at Hamhung
We also received funding from the German Government for continuing the development of the provincial medical laboratory network. Four provincial laboratories had so far received equipment and materials remaining 7 more provinces to be covered by the project. At Hamhung the almost finished lab was again visited.
Photos: Remodeled laboratory with supplied equipment at Hamhung provincial CDC (Center for the Control of Communicable Diseases).
End of June after a longer quiet period in our Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) project at Hunchun we discussed the revival of the activities with interested parties. The proposal is to install a pilot daycare center and group home for disabled persons.
Photo: On the way to check an appropriate place in the central part of Hunchun
The stopover at Hunchun was followed by a visit to Kangwon and South Hamgyong Province. Works at the two reconstructed TB care centers at Chonnae and Munchon were completed so that the patients can immediately move in.
Photos: Finished works at Chonnae above and Munchon below.
At Hamhung’s provincial CDC laboratory the progress of the remodeling was observed.
Finally we had a look at the pilot experience of raising oil frog in one of the greenhouses near the Pyongyang Hospital #3.
Among the constructed solar greenhouses from last year that one from Unsan Spa hadn’t been visited yet. We took a look of the greenhouse which from already had its third harvest of vegetables.
At Munchon and Chonnae the locations of the TB care centers were visited to discuss the finishing of the construction work.
The photo shows the unfinished kitchen of Munchon TB care center.
Photo: Chonnae TB care center