Hanoi (VNA) – Chief Representative of the UN Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Vietnam Youssouf Abdel Jelil visited Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin victims in the central city of Da Nang on February 23.

He said the UN agency will continue to meet with the victims and support the AO/Dioxin victims’ association in Da Nang.

Association Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Hien said Da Nang is now home to more than 5,000 children exposed to the toxic chemical, 1,400 of whom were born deformed.

The same day, an association that sponsors poor patients in the southwestern region on February 23 presented gift packages to needy people in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

Deputy head of the permanent Steering Committee for the region Nguyen Phong Quang said the association has helped low-income families build more than 400 houses and financed heart surgeries for hundreds of underprivileged children.

In 2016, the association will continue with these charitable activities, and call upon sponsors to deliver free milk to malnourished children and assist poor students financially.-VNA