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USAID pledges $50mn to support Agent Orange victims

Released at: 16:24, 20/08/2019

USAID pledges $50mn to support Agent Orange victims

Photo: Da Nang Association of Victims of Agent Orange / Dioxin

Project a continuation of successful previous projects between US and Vietnam.

by Jessica Nguyen

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will donate $50 million to Vietnam to improve its capacity in providing healthcare, treatment, rehabilitation, quality of life improvements, and social inclusion for people with disabilities caused by Agent Orange / Dioxin in seven provinces throughout the country.

A workshop related to the “Project to Support Persons with Disabilities in Vietnamese Provinces Sprayed with Agent Orange” was organized by the Standing Board for the National Steering Committee on Overcoming the Post-war Consequences of Unexploded Ordnance and Toxic Chemical in Vietnam (Office 701) in coordination with USAID on August 19 in southern Dong Nai province.

The workshop was attended by representatives from the Ministries of Defense, Health, Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, and Planning and Investment, as well as the Vietnam Central Association of Victims of Agent Orange / Dioxin, the Vietnam Association of People with Disabilities, and authorities of seven provinces involved in the project: Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Binh Dinh, Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Tri.

Mr. Christopher Abrams, Head of Environment and Social Development at USAID Vietnam, told the workshop that the project is a continuation of the success of previous cooperation projects between the US and Vietnam. USAID is an organization with a lot of experience in implementing projects on healthcare, medical support, and improving the livelihoods of people with disabilities, and has pledged to support Vietnam in implementing the project smoothly and successfully.

According to Mr. Nhan Thanh Cong, Chief of Office 701, the project aims to realize the cooperation agreement signed between Office 701 and USAID last April.

There are about 8 million people with disabilities in Vietnam. More than 163,000 people with disabilities or heavy disabilities are in the seven provinces in the project that were heavily sprayed with Agent Orange / Dioxin during the American war. Most of these war victims are poor households and have to struggle to access normal livelihoods and work.

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