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Organization Contact Information

Name: Christian Friends of Korea (CFK)
Street 1: 129 Center Avenue
Street 2:
City: Black Mountain
Province: North Carolina
Post Code: 28711
Country: Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Phone: 828-669-2355
Organization Email:
Web Site:
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mrs.
First Name: Heidi
Last Name: Linton
Title: Executive Director
Phone: 828-582-3346

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr.
First Name: Ed
Last Name: Desmond
Title: National TB Reference Lab Technical Coordinator
Phone: 510-412-3781

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Faith-based organization (FBO)
Organization Description:
Christian Friends of Korea (CFK) has been supporting TB treatment and control work in DPRK (North Korea) since 1997. We work at the grassroots level, helping care centers provide better care for TB patients through clean water initiatives (point of use filters, well drilling, solar/gravity water system installations), sustainable food production support (greenhouses, small tractors, training), patient care support (facilities renovations, patient mats, blankets, hygiene kits, nutritional support, medicine/medical supplies/equipment). At the Central level, since 2008 we have led a partnership effort together with Stanford University School of Medicine and other volunteer experts to renovate/equip/establish the National TB Reference Laboratory to build local capacity for delivering quality diagnostics for TB and MDR TB.
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Specializations / Areas of Work

Delivery of health services and care
Funding, including innovative and optimized approach to funding TB Care
Technical Assistance

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 1 - 5
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Other partners
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Other (please explain)
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: No
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
There are many partners/agencies involved in TB control work in the US, and relatively speaking, the need is small and the program is well funded. So we are not involved in TB control efforts in the US. In contrast, there are very few partners/entities involved in TB control efforts in DPRK, and the need is overwhelming, with few resources, so we choose to focus our efforts there.

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: United States of America
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
Democratic People's Republic of Korea


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
We have been working to increase awareness of the DPRK's TB problem with our donor base and other interested parties. We are also directly involved in improving access to accurate diagnostics and effective treatment by a variety of capacity building projects at the local, provincial and central levels.

Drug-Resistant TB:
Our joint efforts in partnership with Stanford University School of Medicine, other experts, and the DPRK's Ministry of Public Health has established the National TB Reference Laboratory, building local capacity for quality diagnostics and treatment for TB and drug resistant TB.

Laboratory Strengthening:
We have been involved in ongoing laboratory training and strengthening efforts at provincial and central levels for many years, including the establishment of the National TB Reference Laboratory.

New Diagnostics:
We continue to introduce appropriate and sustainable new diagnostics as part of our laboratory development effort.


Declaration of interests:
no known conflicts of interest

Application date: June 11, 2015
Last updated: July 22, 2015