We Know What To Do

1. Clean contaminated soils and restore damaged ecosystems.

The most vulnerable areas, the dioxin hot spots, have been identified. With additional resources, the extent of contamination can be precisely determined and a remediation plan developed and carried out.

> Current priorities are the hotspots at Da Nang, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat airbases: an estimated $60 million is needed.

> In the meantime, other hotspots can be further examined and local people can be educated to avoid exposure.

> Lands that have been defoliated that have poor quality forests need to be reforested, diversified or repurposed to ensure the optimum future use of such lands.

2. Expand services to people with disabilities and their families.

Services now reach less than 10 percent of those in need in Vietnam. The most needy live in rural areas. But with more financial and human resources, services for the affected people can be expanded.

> Medical and mental health professionals, teachers, and caregivers can be trained to ensure the best care possible for those in need.

> Rehabilitation centers and respite centers can be built and staffed by trained caregivers.

> Community-based rehabilitation programs can be expanded to reach those in need at their homes.

> Early detection and early intervention programs can be developed to give children services shortly after birth or when disability first emerges.