|President Truong Tan Sang attends the Viet Nam Red Cross Partnership meeting yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang has called on the Viet Nam Red Cross to rally financial sources and staff to help vulnerable groups in the country.
Addressing the Viet Nam Red Cross Partnership meeting yesterday, Sang praised the non-government organisation's efforts from the past three years, highlighting its support of other international organisations and donors to help those living with disadvantage.
"Participants should focus discussion on proposing measures to mobilise more funds from the community and improve the effectiveness of humanitarian programmes," stressed Sang.
Chairman of the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) Nguyen Hai Duong said that support of the organisation's partners had helped millions overcoming difficulties and made an important contribution to the country's fight against hunger and poverty.
The event also provided a chance for local and international partners to review their activities and expand co-operation in accordance with the Red Cross's priorities, said Duong.
Duong added that the sector would focus activities on key priorities, including social and humanitarian activities; a cow-bank programme in poor districts and border communes; and community-based healthcare programmes.
Asia Pacific Director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Jagan Chapagain said the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in the country would increase due to the impacts of climate change and natural disasters, urbanization, disease epidemics and traffic accidents.
"Providing these marginalised groups with the support needed – by drawing on Viet Nam's traditional values of caring for the most vulnerable – will enable them to better participate in the country's wider economic growth," said Chapagain.
"This is one of the key challenges facing Viet Nam Red Cross as it adapts, not only to the new economic reality of this decade and beyond, but also to the increasing vulnerability to natural disasters brought about by climate change," stressed Chapagain.
At the event, international partners committed a total of VND233 billion (US$11 million) to support the VNRC's implementation of 25 humanitarian initiatives in future. Eleven local and international organisations and individuals also donated nearly VND12 billion ($570,000) to the VNRC's fund.
Statistics from the VNRC show that the organisation has disbursed nearly VND360 billion ($17 million) to its humanitarian programmes in the country in the past three years. — VNS