At the congress (Photo: PANO)
The figure was announced during the 4th national congress of AO victims, term 2018-2023, held in Hanoi on December 5th.

According to Nguyen Van Rinh, VAVA President, the money has been used to build 26 rehabilitation centers and 1,972 charitable houses; allocate nearly 4,000 scholarships; and assist tens of thousands of victims with employment, production loans, medical treatment, free medicine, health insurance cards, and presents during festivals.

The results have been achieved thanks to the development of VAVA across 63 provinces and cities, with branches available at over 6,500 communes and wards, involving nearly 396,000 members.

In the next 5 years, the Association will strive to mobilize VND1 trillion to build and repair over 1,000 houses, present 3,000 scholarships, assist 1,000 victims’ families with production loans, provide wheelchairs to some 80% of victims in need, and give presents to 100% of victims living in special circumstances during festivals.

Addressing the congress, Tran Thanh Man, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, urged the association to realize the Government’s action program on overcoming the consequences of chemicals used by US troops during the war in Vietnam; disseminate to help domestic and foreign people have more understanding about the AO calamity in Vietnam; mobilize more capital for assisting the lives of AO victims; and persist with the struggle for justice for AO victims./.

Compiled by BTA