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Red Cross societies increase aid work

Update: November, 22/2013 - 08:46

Under the agreement, signed by the Viet Nam Red Cross Chairman Nguyen Hai Duong and his Laos counterpart Laoly Faiphegyoa, the two sides will collaborate on humanitarian programmes and Viet Nam's Red Cross will help train staff for the Laos counterpart.—VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The Red Cross Societies of Viet Nam and Laos will work together on humanitarian programmes during the 2014-18 period as part of a bilateral co-operation agreement inked yesterday in Ha Noi.

Under the agreement, signed by the Viet Nam Red Cross Chairman Nguyen Hai Duong and his Laos counterpart Laoly Faiphegyoa, the two sides will collaborate on humanitarian programmes and Viet Nam's Red Cross will help train staff for the Laos counterpart.

At the signing ceremony, the Viet Nam Red Cross donated US$50,000 to help Laos's Red Cross implement humanitarian projects, including cow bank and human resource training projects for 2014.

The Viet Nam Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called for further support from local and international communities to help victims of typhoon Wutip in Viet Nam.

The 2,114,739 Swiss Francs (US$2.345 million) provided on October 7 by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to support the immediate needs of thousands of Vietnamese people dealing with the aftermath of Wutip was only 37 per cent of what was needed, they said.

"More has to be done. A financially secure foundation is necessary for humanitarian organisations like the Viet Nam Red Cross to react, not only at the start of an emergency," the federation said. — VNS

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