The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) held a gathering for international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) on May 7.

Chairman of the union Le Hung Quoc recognised the significant contributions made by the INGOs and individuals to the city’s socio-economic development, including poverty alleviation.

He thanked INGOs, diplomatic agencies and business associations for supporting the local underprivileged both materially and spiritually.

In 2014, the city received 40 million USD in aid from INGOs, including cancer medicine treatment funded by the Switzerland Novartis Pharma AG group for the municipal Cancer Hospital and Blood Transfusion Hospital .

More than 150 INGOs are operating in Ho Chi Minh City , mainly from the US , Europe and the Asia-Pacific.-VNA