New guidance for managing health care waste produced by your immunisation program: GAVI presentation

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2020

This is the 1st presentation of a TechNet webinar lead by Gavi and UNICEF on health care waste management with a focus on the immunisation program. As immunisation increasingly reaches more people, health care waste (HCW) also grows. Certain types of HCW can pose significant environmental and public health risks due to its toxic, infectious, and other hazardous properties. The presenters will highlight two new tools to help the planning and implementation of best practices for waste management: • Gavi’s Health Care Waste Management in Immunisation Programs: Guidance for Proposal Planning. This guide (and the accompanying Synthesis and Maturity Model) encourages countries to address health care waste management (HCWM) through a coordinated effort across many entities within the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Environment (MOE), other government units, local authorities responsible for waste management, partners, and even the private sector. This guide was designed to help you to prepare and plan your HCWM system, and to clarify your country’s HCWM status to help you develop proposals for funding and investment from an immunisation perspective. • UNICEF’s Appropriate Disposal of Immunisation Waste (ADIW) platform. To support countries to effectively manage immunisation waste generated from both routine immunisation and supplementary immunisation activities (SIAs), the Appropriate Disposal (ADIW) platform allows stakeholders at district, province/regional or national level to consensually design and implement safe handling, storage, treatment and disposal practices/culture. PRESENTERS: • Dr. Karan Sagar • Dr. Adama Sawadogo • Amos Chweya