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Remote health centre teams in devastated Dominica need support

Medical staff trying to keep basic services going on the devastated Caribbean island of Dominica urgently need support, including reliable food supplies.

That’s the plea from Clemens Buter, team leader in Dominica for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in an interview on the hurricane-ravaged island, with UN News.

He said that 29 out of 49 health centres suffered “severe” damage when Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck the island on 18 September.


IAEA using radiation to combat Zika virus

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is offering to help Brazil and other countries in the Americas reduce the mosquito population as part of the battle against Zika.

The agency is advocating the use of the Sterile Insect Technique, or SIT, which uses radiation to sterilize male mosquitoes.