Municipal association supports AO victims

More than 5,200 victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (AO) in Ho Chi Minh City have benefitted from programmes run by the municipal Association for AO victims over the last decade, Major General Tran Ngoc Tho, Chairman of the association, announced at the association’s 10-year anniversary ceremony held on May 25. 

Prof. Dr Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, Vice Chairwoman of the association, stressed that the organisation has overcome numerous challenges and has made positive changes over time, contributing to the provision of support and the safeguarding of the rights and interests of people living with disabilities due to the toxic chemical. 

The association also actively links organisations and individuals inside and outside of the country with a view to increasing support for AO victims and helping them integrate into the community. 

The organisation has raised funds and spent approximately VND13 billion on building houses, granting scholarships and providing wheelchairs, treatment, rehabilitation and orthopaedic surgery for AO victims over the last ten years. 

According to Major General Tran Ngoc Tho, the anniversary will be marked by a seminar on overcoming the consequences of AO/dioxin and a sponsored walk to raise funds for local AO victims, for which approximately 10,000 people have registered so far.