The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] has learnt of the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, described as “the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba's history”. There are reports of considerable damage to infrastructure, homes including regrettable loss of lives. Our thoughts are with the government of the Republic of Cuba, Cubans and families affected by the hurricane. We convey our deepest condolences to all Cuban people. NEHAWU takes this opportunity to wish all Cuban authorities and the population in general well as they are focusing on recovery efforts to restore basic services to the population and repair the material damages.