Guidance for health-care waste management in low-income countries
Health-care waste is a by-product of health-care that includes sharps, non-sharps, blood, body parts, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and radioactive materials.
Poor management of health-care waste exposes health-care workers, waste handlers and the community to infections, toxic effects and injuries. WHO Programme activities include:
- developing technical guidance materials for assessing the quantities and types of waste produced in different facilities;
- creating national action plans, developing national health-care waste management guidelines; and
- building capacity at national level to enhance the way health-care waste is dealt with in low-income countries.
For more about health-care waste management see:
- - Safe management of wastes from health-care activities - second edition (WHO, 2014)
- - Training modules for health-care waste management
- - Global health-care waste project - UNDP, GEF, WHO and health-care without harm
- - Compendium of technologies for treatment and destruction of health-care waste (Emmanuel J, 2012, UNEP) [pdf 126kb]
- - More resources on health-care waste management