Solutions for Agent Orange in Vietnam

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First, the sources of exposure must be detected, evaluated, controlled and eliminated. Then the food supply must be protected through systems for monitoring and dealing with contamination. Health care systems can provide and subsidize comprehensive care for affected individuals, including education, genetic counseling about possible impacts on offspring, training, medications, surgery and rehabilitation, as needed.

Programs reach only a small number of those in need.

  • The Vietnamese government provides a monthly stipend of about $17 to more than 200,000 Vietnamese believed affected by the toxic herbicides. This totals about $40 million each year.

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    Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) Children’s Care Center in Da Nang. The facility has a new tin roof courtesy of the Irish government. Resources are still inadequate but hope is high.

  • The Vietnam Red Cross has raised more than $22 million to assist the ill or disabled.
  • The Ford Foundation, other foundations, European governments, UNICEF, the UN Development Programme, civic groups, businesses and individuals have given a total of $39.1 million for cleanup, health care and other services to Vietnamese affected by Agent Orange/dioxin and advocacy for more resources.
  • The U.S. Congress has allocated $40.1 million over the last five years for “hot spot” remediation and health programs. Of this, $6.4 million has been allocated to support and care for those with disabilities in Da Nang.
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