The Ho Chi Minh City branch of the Supportive Fund for Cancer Patients – the Bright Future was launched on September 9 at the Oncology Hospital.

World Health Organisation statistics show that every year 14.1 million new cancer cases are recorded, while more than 8.2 million people die of cancer.
In Vietnam , the figures are 150,000 and over 75,000 respectively, with half of the patients cannot afford treatment.

The HCM City Oncology Hospital takes in more than 20,000 cancer patients each year, with 70 percent coming from other provinces. Many patients are burdened by long hospitalisation periods, expensive treatment and medication, and high travel costs.

Deputy Minister of Heath Nguyen Thi Xuyen said many patients from disadvantaged backgrounds refuse treatment for fear of the costs or fail to follow medical instructions.

Xuyen expressed her hope that the Bright Future Fund in HCM City will provide much needed support for poor patients in the south.

The Supportive Fund for Cancer Patients – Bright Future Fund, founded in June 2012 in Hanoi , is a non-profit organisation and has benefitted as many as 348 patients to date.

The fund plans to open a Da Nang branch to serve the needs of disadvantaged cancer patients in the Central - Central Highlands regions in the near future.-VNA