Various activities took place around the country on January 10 to mark the 10th founding anniversary of the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin.

The association’s chapter in the central city of Da Nang inaugurated a centre which is expected to provide care, vocational training and rehabilitation for 80-100 AO victims and disabled children in the districts of Lien Chieu, Hai Chau and Thanh Khe.

The establishment was built with a total investment of more than 3.9 billion VND (183,000 USD) funded by the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam.

Da Nang is home to more than 5,000 people exposed to AO/dioxin. The city currently operates three establishments providing accommodation for more than 150,000 children exposed to the chemical.

The chapter in the central province of Thanh Hoa, where there are more than 24,000 victims, held a meeting with some of them along with outstanding medical workers on the same day.

The chapter praised 70 AO/dioxin households for their efforts in overcoming difficulties in their life and presented them with gifts worth 700,000 VND (33.19 USD) each.

A similar meeting also took place in the southern province of Binh Duong, which is home to approximately 5,200 affected people.-VNA