Even 30 years after Chernobyl, ten million people in Belarus, Russia, Moldova and Ukraine are still suffering from the long-term health consequences of the disaster. With its Social and Medical Care programme, Green Cross supports families affected by the catastrophe. Therapy camps Among those worst affected are children like Dimitri, from the village of […]
Social and Medical
During the Vietnam War, more than 72 million litres of Agent Orange were discharged as a chemical weapon in the fields and forests throughout Vietnam and rural areas of Laos and Cambodia. Agent Orange is a toxic herbicide containing non-biodegradable dioxins. Local inhabitants have been exposed to Agent Orange for many years resulting in many health problems, particularly in certain zones with high concentration. In a joint effort between Green Cross Switzerland, the Laotian government and Hatfield Consultants, a pilot project is launched to identify the ”hot spot” or most heavily contaminated areas throughout Laos in order to reduce exposure to and alleviate the impact of Agent Orange.
A group of about 60 students from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Japan, Italy and Switzerland, all taking part in a Green Cross summer camp programme, visited Geneva on 26 July. The youths took part in a tour of the United Nations, met with representatives of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies […]