Vietnam Red Cross asked to continue ensuring social welfare hinh anh 1Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre) and Vietnam Red Cross officials (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) to continue promoting its role in ensuring the country’s social welfare at a working session with the association in Hanoi on July 19.

PM Phuc affirmed that humanitarian relief, especially for those in remote areas and victims of natural disasters, is crucial.

However, there remain several spontaneous activities, he noted, asking the VRC to cooperate with local authorities to ensure humanitarian activities are organised at right venues, and for right people.

The Government leader suggested the association intensify international collaboration to attract more assistance from the international community, and actively participate in disaster relief in the world.

The Government will create all favourable conditions for the VRC’s activities, he added.

Founded by late President Ho Chi Minh 71 years ago, the VRC now has over 8 million members working in nearly 17,000 grassroots chapters nationwide.

Over the past 10 years, the VRC has mobilised 527.8 billion VND (26 million USD), assisting more than 22.2 million people affected by natural disasters.

It cooperated with the Health Ministry to collect 4.7 million blood units during 2013-2016.

Several movements and campaigns launched by the association, such as “Tet for poor people and Agent Orange/dioxin victims” programme, and “Cow Bank” project, have produced positive results.-VNA