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Hi there, this is Michelle. As climate change leads to the spread of certain diseases, health organisations are being forced to think out of the box.

A landmark trial in Switzerland shedding light on enforced disappearances in Belarus in the 1990s started yesterday, and two humanitarians worry about the impact of sanctions on the civilian population in Niger following the military coup.

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Michelle Langrand


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Edgard Boquín, a project leader working with Médecins sans Frontières holds a glass jar filled with mosquitoes before their release in neighborhoods rife with dengue in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 22 August 2023. (Keystone/AP Photo/Elmer Martinez)

Mosquito-to-toe: the race to contain climate-sensitive diseases. Under the scorching summer temperatures and the heavy rainfall, the buzzing of mosquitoes has been particularly loud this year. Aside from the annoying sound, the scrawny little creatures have brought with them a surge in dengue infections across Latin America and some parts of Asia. In an effort to try out innovative solutions, MSF launched this month a project in Honduras to use bacteria to make it difficult for mosquitoes to transmit diseases.

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Customers shop at Niamey's main market on 8 August 2023. (Keystone/AFP)

‘In Niger, the population has been taken hostage’. Sanctions imposed on Niger since July's military coup are blocking aid from reaching those in need, warn Moussa Ousman, Niger programme manager and Françoise Duroch, research unit head at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), calling for exemptions for humanitarian organisations.

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