IFRC President pays tribute to humanitarian accomplishments of Viet Nam Red Cross Society on its 70th anniversary

Published: 21 November 2016

21 November 2016, Hanoi – The President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Mr. Tadateru Konoé, has completed a three-day visit to Viet Nam, where he attended a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Viet Nam Red Cross Society.


The ceremony, held in Hanoi on 19 November, was attended by some 500 guests including State leadership and government representatives, Viet Nam Red Cross representatives from 63 chapters and branches across the country, and partners from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. 


During his visit, Mr. Konoé also met with the President of the Viet Nam Red Cross Society and high-level government dignitaries to discuss the crucial role played by Red Cross staff and volunteers in providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable communities and building community resilience in the country. 


The Viet Nam Red Cross Society was founded on November 23, 1946, by the late President Ho Chi Minh, who was its first Honorary President. It was established as a humanitarian organization with a mandate to carry out activities throughout the country, contributing to the government’s development and humanitarian goals.


The National Society has a presence in all provinces and cities with 63 provincial and city Red Cross chapters, 689 district branches, and 11,000 commune and ward sub-branches. It has 15,069 staff, 423,000 volunteers, 3,500,000 youth and 4,330,730 members.


Annually, the total value of its activities in disaster preparedness and response, health care, blood donation and social work amounts to 2,800 billion Vietnamese Dong (125,468,000 Swiss francs). IFRC supports the Viet Nam Red Cross in various long-term development programmes as well as in emergency response operations.


Following severe floods that affected central Viet Nam in October and November, IFRC launched a 1.4 million Swiss franc emergency appeal to support the Viet Nam Red Cross in delivering emergency assistance to more than 30,000 people for nine months, including health and hygiene promotion; support for the building of flood-resistant houses, and provision of boats for local people to evacuate during monsoon season. 



For interviews and media inquiries, contact:


In Hanoi:

Ly Nguyen, communication and community engagement officer, IFRC Country Cluster Support Team (Vietnam); Mobile: +84 166 2900 769; Email: ly.nguyen@ifrc.org


In Bangkok

Mirva Helenius, communications delegate, IFRC Country Cluster Support Team (Bangkok): Mobile: +66 61 387 9477; Email: mirva.helenius@ifrc.org



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