Vietnam

Vietnam

 

During the Vietnam war (1963 – 1975), more than four million people came into contact with the highly toxic chemical weapon Agent Orange. The reason for using it was to defoliate large areas of the Vietnamese jungle as quickly as possible. The effects on people and nature have been devastating up to the present day. Dioxin, the poisonous substance contained in Agent Orange, remains in the environment over the long term and causes genetic mutations which are passed on over several generations. Therefore, more than 40 years after the war, numerous infants suffer from its direct consequences, for example, from deformities, disabilities and cancer. In Vietnam, people with physical impairments are often ostracised from society. Dependence on family members makes it impossible for them to lead a self-sufficient life.

 

The Green Cross Social and Medical Care Programme in Vietnam supports children, young people and families with medical and social care. Those from the first generation who were affected, as well as their children and grandchildren in particular, thereby benefit from prosthetic and orthotic devices, which enable them to participate in society. Our partners on the ground train local doctors to ensure this works in an integrated and sustainable way. Besides healthcare, participants in the Social and Medical Care Programme also benefit from psychological support and training on how their socioeconomic situation can be improved. The project includes medical and social initiatives in communities too, as well as rehabilitation and integration projects.

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