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Project ID:00112316Description:UNPRPD - DPRK - Leveraging Ear
UNPRPD Disability Fund
Start Date *: 21 Sep 2018
UNPRPD - Disability Fund
End Date*: 30 Sep 2022
Country: Korea, Democratic People's Rep Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund

Project Background

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is in the midst of a protracted humanitarian situation. The geopolitical environment, however, has meant that the situation for many people in the country has been largely forgotten or overlooked by the rest of the world. The UN represents a critical life-line for a significant proportion of the population, most significantly young children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and other vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities and those with non-communicable diseases. Food insecurity, malnutrition and a lack of access to basic services including health care, as well as water and sanitation create overlapping needs and deprivations. Among the most vulnerable are children with disabilities (for this proposal, this definition includes those born with impairments or disabilities and children who are at risk of developing impairments/disabilities), who are prevented from the equal and effective enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in the ongoing context of tensions.


This action was designed as a UN Country Team response to the most urgent needs of children with disabilities, under the lead of UNICEF and in partnership with Handicap International (HI) and local partner Korean Federation for the Protection of the Disabled (KFPD) for the implementation through the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). Following a UNPRPD analysis of barriers for people with disabilities, the partners designed a programmatic twin-track approach to both deliver direct benefits to persons with disabilities and indirectly influence the nature of broader systems with which they interact. Therefore the action will mainly work around four dimensions:


  1. Improving the health and rehabilitation care service provision for children with disabilities through strengthening the health care system
  2. Enhancing the institutional and technical capacities of health service provider as well as duty bearers (MoPH and KFPD).
  3. Promoting the inclusive health care service/policy for children with disabilities in line with UNCRPD by introducing early identification of childhood disabilities and intervention as an entry point
  4. Creating awareness among duty bearers, rights holders and community on the rights of children with disabilities and their specific needs

The project will mainly be implemented as a pilot initiative in two county/provincial hospitals and one national children’s hospital in Pyongyang, DPRK. 

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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Korea, Democratic People's Rep or the lead agency for the programme. The MPTF Office Portfolio Manager (or Country Director with Delegation of Authority) for this programme:

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