The Bill and Melinda Gates and Atlantic Philanthropies Foundations on May 18 donated almost US$5.4 million to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Hanoi for setting up a dioxin laboratory.
Speaking at the signing ceremony at the Ministry, US ambassador Michael Michalak said his Government has spent US$6 million on healthcare, reducing natural disasters, and dealing with dioxin residues at Da Nang airport and communities nearby and is closely cooperating for research into the residues.
US troops sprayed some 80 million liters containing 400 kg of the dioxin of the defoliant over southern Vietnam from 1961 to 71.
The signing ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Xuan Cuong and representatives from related agencies and international organizations.
The number of people exposed to the toxic chemical is estimated to be in the region of 4.8 million, with some 3 million directly affected by the chemical.