The Ho Chi Minh City Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients (SAPP) has raised over VND1 trillion (US$46.46 million) from various community sources to help the poor over the past 25 years.
The association has sponsored more than 7,730 heart operations, 530,000 eye surgeries, 38,000 cleft lip/palate operations, 120 scoliosis operations as well as cancer screenings for more than 48,700 women.
SAPP has also provided 18,300 hearing aids for deaf children, 20,600 scholarships for poor students, 14,000 meal portions for hospitals, and nearly 146,000 health insurance cards to poor households.
It has also built more than 700 charity houses and 100 bridges in rural areas.
The association’s branches have raised more than VND734 billion (US$32.3 million) over the last 10 years.
SAPP has supported the poor in other provinces and neighbouring countries, Vo Thi Dung, deputy secretary of the HCM City Party Committee, said at a meeting with SAPP on October 11.
Dung has asked Government agencies to create favourable conditions for the association so that it can expand its programmes.