The Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) and the American Red Cross (ARC) should develop their cooperation programmes, particularly in disaster prevention, climate change adaptation and community awareness improvement, Senior Vice President of ARC’s International Operations Harold Wayne Brooks has said.

Brooks made the suggestion at a working session with the VRC in Hanoi on February 20, where he shared his experiences in providing humanitarian aid in many countries like the US and the Philippines.

The ARC pledged to continue its collaboration and assistance to Vietnam together with boosting relations between the two organisations as well as both Vietnam and the US in humanitarian activities.

According to VRC Chairman Nguyen Hai Duong, since the ARC set up its representative office in Vietnam in 2002, it has aided the country in eight humanitarian projects in 21 provinces with over half a million beneficiaries. It has also provided more than 3.3 million USD for the Vietnam Forests and Delta Programme to assist climate change resilience.

As one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, Vietnam hopes international humanitarian organisations, including the ARC, will expand their support to the country in this field, along with that for people with disabilities, war victims and HIV/AIDS prevention.

On this occasion, the ARC reviewed the implementation of the Disaster Risk Reduction Expanded Programme in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Ha Tinh provinces, and another giving support to HIV patients in Thai Nguyen and Son La provinces, Hai Phong city and Hanoi.-VNA