A charity event held in the northern province of Thai Binh on October 16 raised over 50 million VND (2,350 USD) for local Agent Orange victims.

The exchange, co-organised by the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin (VAVA), Thai Binh provincial Radio and Television Station and the Thai Binh Businesswomen’s Association, was part of a fund-raising campaign launched in September.

The campaign has so far received more than 900 million VND from donors.

Over the past years, a total of 36 billion VND (1.7 million USD) have been mobilised for AO victims in Thai Binh province. The money has been used to build houses, provide wheelchairs, medical check-ups and medicine, and open vocational training courses for the victims.

Since early 2011, with the support of the Association for Better Living and Education ( ABLE ), the VAVA has conducted dioxin detoxification courses in Thai Binh based on Hubbard method, which was successfully applied for victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in Ukraine . Hundreds of victims have received detoxification treatment under this programme.

Thai Binh has over 340,000 AO victims, of which more than 3,000 are second-generation victims. However, only 210,000 have benefited from regular allowances.-VNA