Website launched to educate on Agent Orange

The non-profit public policy research organization Active Voice has launched an extensive website about the chemical substance Agent Orange, a dioxin that has affected the lives over 3 million Vietnamese during and after the Cold War conflict with the United States.

Agent Orange came into contact with approximately 4.5 million people in Vietnam and has affected the health of over 150,000 children due to the exposure of their mothers, reports. explains how widely the toxin was used during the Vietnam War and utilizes multimedia resources to aids readers in understanding the issue and helping the cause.

“Our hope is that this website will become an important resource for people who urgently want to tackle this issue,” Shaady Salehi, deputy director of Active Voice, said. “Recent progress has created a window of opportunity for the U.S. to intensify its effort to reduce the public health impact of Agent Orange in Vietnam. This is a humanitarian concern that we can do something about.”

It is estimated that some 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other harmful pesticides were handled, stored and sprayed over a quarter of the southern part of Vietnam.

The website will make the effort to encourage readers to support a Plan of Action announced in June 2010 that would ensure that aid groups and western countries erase the last public health and environmental impacts of Agent Orange over the next decade.

The Ford Foundation is the major sponsor of the website.