The disaster preparedness/disaster response programme received new funding from DFID for the period June 2003; May 2005, and the implementation of program activities started according to plan. No major disaster has affected DPRK so far this year and prepositioned relief stocks to cover the needs of 50,000 families are available. Despite some delays to the late arrival of funding, the DPRK Red Cross’ health and care program, including the water and sanitation component was implemented over the reporting period. The organisational development programme has been expanded into two new provinces due to bilateral support from the Netherlands Red Cross.
The DPRK Red Cross is regarded as an important organisation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by the government, UN agencies and NGOs.