Decades after the war, Agent Orange is still a daily reality for many in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Red Cross estimates that at least three million people – including 150,000 children – suffer major health problems that can be associated with exposure to dioxin, a deadly toxin contained in the herbicide. In some of the 28 “hot spots,” where the herbicide was stored, the land is so contaminated that wearing open-toed shoes is hazardous.
It’s shocking that Agent Orange could have such a lingering impact, but there’s good news.
In June 2010, members of The U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue Group unveiled a comprehensive 10-year Plan of Action to address the long-term impact of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Calling for a shared investment of 30 million dollars per year over ten years, the Plan proposes to clean up the dioxin hot spots, expand humanitarian services and restore damaged ecosystems.
Take the Pledge
Join the call to give Vietnam the future it deserves – a healthier, cleaner future free from the effects of Agent Orange.
Yes, I support the U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue Group’s Plan of Action to:
Clean up the dioxin hotspots.
Expand health and rehabilitative services.
Restore damaged ecosystems.
Note: By pledging your support, you are only expressing general support for the Plan of Action. This is not a commitment to additional
action or financial contribution.
I am a man, and men seldom cry. But every time my son has a blood transfusion, I cry.
Nguyen Van Dung, Vietnamese father. His 10-month-old son suffers from rare blood and bone diseases linked to Agent Orange
What amazed me was that after 35 years you could still smell the stuff. It was so strong and so toxic.
Sister Maureen Fiedler, a member of the 2010 Interfaith Delegation on Agent Orange, after visiting a toxic hot spot in Da Nang.
In June 2010, members of The U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue Group unveiled a comprehensive 10-year Plan of Action to address the toxic legacy of Agent Orange. The Plan calls on governments, foundations, businesses and nonprofits worldwide to partner in cleaning up the dioxin hot spots and expand humanitarian services for people with disabilities.
Specifically, the Plan of Action calls for a shared investment of $300 million dollars over ten years to:
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 in areas near the hot spots; and
Expand services to people with disabilities, their families and their communities by: - Increasing early identification and early intervention programs; - Strengthening rehabilitation therapy and facilities;
- Carrying out a public health information campaign;
- Establishing bio-monitoring; and
- Evaluating progress.
A Note on U.S. Veterans: American veterans and their families have suffered a great deal from exposure to Agent Orange and many veterans still struggle to attain much needed medical care.
While the Plan of Action is focused specifically on the public health and environmental impact of Agent Orange in Vietnam, it is the hope of Make Agent Orange History and the U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue Group that by expanding public awareness of this tragic legacy, new solutions will unfold that benefit both U.S. veterans and the affected Vietnamese.
Join the Dialogue
People across the world are talking about the toxic impact of Agent Orange and solutions for Vietnam. Join the conversation.
Agent Orange was an herbicide contaminated with dioxin, the most toxic chemical humans have ever created. It was used by the U.S. military to kill plants and shrubs during the war in Vietnam.
Hot spots are areas in southern Vietnam where Agent Orange was stored or spilled. Dioxin can be found at concentrations up to 5000 times international standards at the hot spots.
The U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue Group is an initiative of private citizens, scientists and policy-makers in the United States and Vietnam working on solutions to the continuing impact of Agent Orange in Vietnam.