The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin (VAVA) will provide better medical services for AO victims and continue its struggle to bring them justice, said VAVA Chairman Nguyen Van Rinh.
The Senior Lieutenant General made this pledge at the fourth meeting of the association’s executive board in Hanoi on December 13.
Due attention will be given to caring for the health of AO victims, offering them vocational training, and helping their families increase their income, said Rinh, adding that continued efforts are needed to pursue justice for AO victims.
Participants at the meeting highlighted recent VAVA activities, including those to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first day herbicides containing dioxin were sprayed in Vietnam by the US military.
Many healthcare centres have been built for AO victims and funds have been raised to support them. In 2011, more than VND70 billion was donated to help build new houses for the victims.
During the Vietnam War, US forces sprayed at least 80 million liters of toxic herbicides in South Vietnam. These herbicides, now referred to as Agent Orange, contained at least 366kg of dioxin, one of the most toxic chemicals known to science.
Its impact on human health is severe. Approximately 3 million Vietnamese people were directly exposed to this poison; many have died while others continue to suffer from incurable diseases. Many thousands of children have been born with severe birth defects as a result of their parents’ exposure and are living a life even worse than death.