|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met representatives from the Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VRCS) yesterday at Government headquarters. — VNA Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met representatives from the Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VRCS) yesterday at Government headquarters.
Society chairman Nguyen Hai Duong told the PM that the society had nearly 17,000 grassroots-level societies with more than eight million members and volunteer workers.
According to Duong, the society carried out initiatives in seven activity fields including emergency relief and humanitarian aid; healthcare; first aid; blood, tissue, human organ and corpse donations and missing-in-action veterans and disaster victims.
He said the society had organised a dozen programmes for the poor and Agent Orange victims.
Since July, 2012, the society had mobilised VND6.9 trillion (US$320 million) from domestic and foreign philanthropists, Duong added.
He said the society had received substantial support from the Government and that the PM had issued documents providing a legal framework for the society to operate effectively.
One project benefiting from Government support was the provision of VND49.3 billion ($2.3 million) to implement a project titled "Helping Agent Orange victims in the Central Highlands and Tay Ninh" between 2006 and 2015.
The Government also provided VND89 billion ($4.1 million) for the VRCS to construct and purchase equipment for a staff training centre and warehouse.
Addressing the meeting, the PM said he recognised society's contributions to the nation's development over the past 69 years. — VNS