The Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV), founded in 1968, has provided medical help to the people of Vietnam from the American war and till now. It has shifted from giving practical and material aid to building community capacity to local health organizations through training and teaching health care workers. MCNV has played an important role in improving the health care system in Vietnam. In 2003, one symposium, held to celebrate its 35th anniversary, reviewed cooperation activities between MCNV and local organizations in Vietnam in general and in health care in particular. During that symposium, Vietnamese and Dutch experts suggested strategies to promote public health in Vietnam concentrating on emerging health problems such as HIV/AIDS.
On a cultural note, we generally call it the Vietnam war in English; I know this might be a contentious issue, but that is our name for it, even in Britain which took no part. Maybe 'war with America' might be a neutral alternative
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