Published in: 2019
World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland
Safe health care waste management, including segregation, collection, transport, treatment and waste disposal, is fundamental to wider efforts to provide safe and quality health care. Safe health care waste management practices also support a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 3 on health, Goal 6 on safely managed water and sanitation, Goal 7 on climate change and Goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production. According to new global data released by WHO/UNICEF in 2019, there is no or very limited safe management of health care waste in a large proportion of facilities. The data, representing over 560 000 facilities from 125 countries, indicate that 40% of health care facilities do not segregate waste. In least developed countries, the situation is far worse with only 27% of countries having basic (segregation and safe waste destruction) services.
WHO (2019). Overview of technologies for the treatment of infectious and sharp waste from health care facilites. World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland
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