The Vietnam-USA Society plans to mobilise more humanitarian aid
and prioritise the improvement of healthcare and education, poverty
reduction and dealing with the consequences of Agent Orange and war
The society's meeting in Hanoi yesterday also affirmed the need
to enlarge society membership with businesses and increase its
Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations chairman Vu Xuan Hong
said he appreciated the society's contribution to developing
relations between the Vietnamese people and the US.
The society had worked hard to boost cooperation with American
partners, particularly organisations of American veterans, to help
trace the remains of Vietnamese soldiers.
So far, with 300 documents provided by American partners, the
Vietnamese authorities had located the remains of about 1,000 dead
The society had also mobilised its sources to help deal with
social problems in poor and remote areas in Vietnam.
During the past six years, non-governmental partners of the
society had offered sponsorship of about $8 million for
humanitarian activities in Vietnam.
A notable partner was the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which
offered 4,400 hearing devices for thousands of Vietnamese
hearing-impaired children at a cost of US$2.2 million.
At the meeting, former deputy minister of foreign affairs Nguyen
Tam Chien was elected chairman for the next five years.