$30m aid sought for humanitarian work

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$30m aid sought for humanitarian work

Viet Nam needed US$30 million to carry out 53 humanitarian projects till 2015, Red Cross general secretary Doan Van Thai said in Ha Noi yesterday.

Free-of-charge health check-ups are offered to the poor and elderly in southeastern provinces and cities by a humanitarian group organised by the Asia Commercial Bank. – VNA/VNS Photo The Anh

HA NOI —

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan called on local and international partners to provide further aid to Viet Nam to accomplish its humanitarian activities.

Doan also asked the society to get a good hold on the situation of the poor and vulnerable and mobilise organisations, enterprises and individuals to take part in humanitarian activities.

She told the Red Cross that sponsored programmes and projects to help those in need should be more effective and practical.

Red Cross chairman Tran Ngoc Tang said the humanitarian projects would focus on key priorities of the society, including disaster prevention, social work and supporting the poor, disabled and Agent Orange victims.

The projects also involved water and sanitation, health care, blood donations and organisation development.

Thai said more than $14 million was needed for disaster prevention projects while health care and social work projects needed around $13 million.

At the two-day "partnership meeting", which will end today, local and international experts exchange experiences and propose priorities for humanitarian activities over the next five years.

Red Cross statistics show 90 projects had benefited from VND464 billion ($22 million) in aid from local and international organisations after the last partnership meeting in 2008, accounting for 10 per cent of the organisation's total financial resources during the past three years. — VNS

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