iaea.jpgA team from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in the country to give technical assistance to Zimbabwe and other regional member states on projects related to nuclear and radiation based technologies in health and agriculture.

The three member team convened a meeting of member states in the capital, which has drawn participants from Zimbabwe, Namibia Mozambique, Morocco and Lesotho among others.

The IAEA will assess whether projects that have been proposed for funding by authorities in member states are feasible and can be carried out within a controlled environment that ensures safety and security for radioactive materials.

IAEA Africa Division Technical Co-operation Department Programme Management Officer, Mr Eric Cole said radiation based technologies now play a key role in the fields of medicine and agriculture but require careful management.

IAEA TC Department Training Officer, Mrs Gayla Dimitrova highlighted that project design, monitoring and evaluation are some of the pre-requisites for member states to access funding from the agency.

The IAEA, which recently supplied a linear accelerator to the country for use in cancer therapy, is mandated to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world.

Zimbabwe is a member of the IAEA since 1986 and it uses nuclear and radiation based technologies in the areas of human health radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, nutrition and isotope molecular techniques in diagnosis and treatment of HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria.