Why this project
Desperate for hard currency, North Korea has been sending tens of thousands of its people abroad to earn cash for the state, dispatching lumberjacks to Russia, construction workers to the Middle East and medics to countries in Africa. Tanzania hosts as many as 12 medical clinics, including four in the capital Dar es-Salaam, that remit about $1 million a year to Pyongyang. The clinics, however, face growing criticism among Tanzanians for doctors who are unqualified and can't communicate with patients, misdiagnosis of illnesses, unsanitary conditions and poorly labeled medicines that contain toxic metals.
More than 50,000 North Koreans are working overseas in various countries.
Exporting Fakes? North Korean Clinics Hawk Questionable Medical Care to Tanzania Part 1
Our reporter Albert Hong traveled on location in Tanzania and reports on condition in North Korean medical facilities.
Exporting Fakes? North Korean Clinics Hawk Questionable Medical Care to Tanzania Part 2
North Korea built 12 clinics throughout the African nation. But the high fees paid by patients often fail to deliver accurate diagnoses and effective treatment.