Water Sanitation Health

Health-care waste

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: