Vietnam Red Cross Society elects new President hinh anh 1Medical check-up for the elderly (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, has been elected as new President of the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) for the 2012-2017 tenure.

Thu earlier held the position as Secretary of the VRCS Party Committee.

The fifth conference of the 9th VRCS Executive Board aims to review the association’s activities in 2015 and initiate orientations for 2016.

In 2015, the VRCS presented over 1.9 million gift packages to poor families and Agent Orange/Dioxin victims, as well as over 19,700 cows to households in 62 disadvantaged districts and 452 border communes. This aid distribution encompassed 61 cities and provinces nationwide.

The association also ran international projects in natural disaster prevention and risks management based on community, in 27 cities and provinces.

In 2016, the VRCS will continue to bring Tet gifts to poor households and AO victims, provide free health check-ups and medicine for the poor, and encourage people to join blood donor drives.

It will increase coordination with press agencies to disseminate humanitarian activities, and announce celebration plans for 70 years of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (May 8).-VNA