Human Health

Human health projects carried out through the technical cooperation programme aim to provide developing countries with the capacity and infrastructure to prevent, detect and cure major illnesses. Projects also support the planning and evaluation of nutrition programmes, as well as helping to establish quality assurance programmes for radiation dosimetry and the treatment of cancer.


Nuclear medicine and radiation therapy are used to diagnose and treat cancer; radiology and nuclear medicine are used to diagnose a variety of diseases; radioisotopes are used to identify drug-resistant strains of malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases; radiation is used in sterilizing bone, skin and other tissues required for tissue grafts to heal serious injuries; and nuclear techniques are used to optimize malnutrition studies.