Meeting spotlights contribution of Vietnam Red Cross Society hinh anh 1Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (R) visits an exhibition on the history of the Vietnam Red Cross Society held as part of the meeting (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) has worked to spread humanitarian spirit in society, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said.

He addressed a meeting in Hanoi on November 22 to mark the VRCS’s 60-year membership in the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) (November 4, 1957) and its 71st founding anniversary (November 23, 1946).

He said the association has become familiar to people from all walks of life through its engagements in humanitarian aid, climate change adaptation, and poverty alleviation.

The Government and Party assign the Vietnam Red Cross to make contributions to the IFRC and expect the collaboration to grow stronger, the official stressed.

As of June 2017, the VRCS had nearly 8.5 million members and volunteers working across 17,000 chapters.

Between 2012 and 2017, it has run various humanitarian programmes, including sending gifts to the poor on the Lunar New Year holiday, giving cows to 21,600 needy households, and providing free health treatment and medicine for 1.4 million people.

In the past five years, it received an average funding of more than 9.5 trillion VND (418 million USD), while implementing 20 foreign-funded projects worth over 510 billion VND (22.44 million USD), per year.-VNA