The Plan of Action
On June 16th, 2010, members of the U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin unveiled a comprehensive 10-year Plan of Action to address the toxic legacy of Agent Orange and other herbicides in Vietnam. The group requests the U.S. and Vietnamese governments join with other governments, foundations and nonprofits in a shared partnership to clean up the dioxin “hot spots” still causing illness and disabilities, and expand humanitarian services for people with disabilities in Vietnam.
Proposing that the United States, other governments, NGOs, businesses and foundations invest $30 million per year over ten years, the Plan recommends the following:
Clean contaminated soils and restore damaged ecosystems, by:
- Focusing first on airports where toxic materials were stored;
- Conducting additional research and testing;
- Promoting safe food practices; and
Expand services to people with disabilities and their families, by:
- Strengthening rehabilitation therapy and facilities;
- Increasing early identification and early intervention programs;
- Carrying out a public health information campaign;
- Establishing bio-monitoring; and
- Evaluating progress.
Join the call to give Vietnam the future it deserves – a healthier, cleaner future free from the effects of Agent Orange.