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British health aid to continue

Update: July, 11/2012 - 11:46

LONDON - A British health programme assisting Việt Nam's northern ethnic minority groups and Agent Orange victims will continue to provide assistance and support.

The programme, known as Medical and Scientific Aid for Việt Nam, Laos, Cambodia (MSAVLC), provides medicines and medical equipment for doctors and nurses involved.

The decision was made at a recent conference in London.

This year, the aid group will assist ethnic people in northern Bac Kan and Cao Bang provinces and, at the same time, provide support for Agent Orange children residing at Hoa Binh village in the capital's Thanh Xuan District and at HCM City's Tu Du Hospital.

Last year, the organisation carried out eight health-care projects across the country. This included buying 50 wheelchairs for Agent Orange victims at Cao Bang's Agent Orange victims at a total cost of US$5,000.

Speaking at the London conference, the Vietnamese ambassador, Vu Quang Minh, said he was grateful for support from the group and hoped it would continue its good work.

He said the support would strengthen the strategic partnership between Việt Nam and the United Kingdom. Diplomatic relations between the two countries will be 40 years old next year.

MSAVLC, established in 1965, was a precursor of the Medical Aid Committee for Việt Nam (MACV), and became a registered charity in 1967.

MSAVLC has provided Việt Nam with support in health-care services, blood donation and medical equipment.

It has helped many provinces and cities across Việt Nam, including Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Tuyen Quang, Son La and Lai Chau. — VNS

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