An AO patient (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Those wishing to support the Agent Orange/dioxin-affected community can make text-message donations from now through to April 19.

By texting DACAM to 1409, an individual can donate 18,000 VND (0.8 USD) to the victims of chemical-warfare.

Speaking at the texting campaign launch ceremony on February 25, President Nguyen Van Rinh of the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA) said over the past five years, the programme has mobilised over 13 billion VND (580,360 USD) from 700,000 messages delivered.

As a result of the donations, homecare has been provided and care facilities constructed, along with financial support that has improved living conditions for AO victims, Rinh said.

The building of the Association’s Centre for Social Protection, which was approved three years ago is scheduled to be completed in March, according to Rinh.

The facility, sitting on 16.7 hectares in Yen Binh commune, Thach That district, Hanoi is expected to accommodate and care for AO victims from nearby provinces, Rinh said.

On the occasion, the Association also introduced its Da Cam Magazine, which was previously known as “Ban tin Da cam” (AO News).

Numerous activities are scheduled to take place this year to mark the 55 th anniversary of the use of Agent Orange/dioxin in Vietnam, which is also the national day for AO victims (August 10).-VNA