When conflicts end and the leaks stop, the health and social impacts of these emergencies are not repaired overnight.

The Green Cross Social and Medical programme, known as SOCMED, improves the lives of people suffering from long-term medical and psychological conditions and socio-economic impacts caused by exposure to radioactive and chemical contamination.

SOCMED works in countries affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, in South-East Asia following the use of Agent Orange in the 1970s, and in northern Iraq addressing long-term consequences of poison gas attacks in the late 1980s.

In Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Moldova, all of which are affected by long-term contamination following the Chernobyl disaster, the first half of 2014 was devoted to the preparation of Therapy Camps to be run during the summer. Local partners, who implement activities, have engaged with schools, authorities, and specialists to prepare children, youth and their families to participate in summer camp activities.

In Vietnam, a team of international and local specialists carried out planned training courses and performed orthopedic surgeries to fix or replace prostheses for children and young people.

Activities to address the long-term effects of Agent Orange in different villages of the Tamoung and Chamkravien Communes, in Cambodia, have been expanded. Projects are also being extended in Laos, where a new partner was found in 2014 following on from the closing of the previous project’s term in Sekong province.

Cooperation in Kyrgyzstan to meet the needs of local populations affected by the presence of obsolete pesticides has started, as part of Green Cross’ programme dealing with obsolete pesticides.

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