No time to waste – together for a healthy Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal, December 2019

The first national workshop on integrated healthcare waste management & WASH in healthcare facilities in Nepal was held between the 10th and 12th December 2020 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop was hosted by The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) together with concerned line ministries and supporting partners like GIZ, WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, WaterAid and SNV.

With successful approaches to provide more people with high quality healthcare in Nepal, the amount of waste produced in the healthcare sector is also rising. Besides general solid waste, a substantial amount of hazardous waste is generated in healthcare facilities across the country every day.

The learning workshop brought together Nepali and international key actors to raise awareness for the current issues in integrated healthcare waste management and WASH in Nepal and provide a forum for knowledge exchange for the participants. Knowledge exchange was promoted by presentations, panel discussions, thematic working groups, an innovative market place showcasing relevant technologies and initiatives. The final summary concluded the key lessons learned and the way forward for Nepal.

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Publication - No Time To Waste (2020)


The Program of the No time to waste – together for a healthy Nepal workshop can be found here

DAY 1: Opening
Tuesday, 10th of December 2019

1.1 Welcome and Objectives

1.2 Key initiatives to address environmental health issues in Nepal

1.3 Why it needs urgent attention and sustainable intervention at all levels


DAY 2: Plenary and Parallel Sessions
Wednesday, 11th of December 2019

Plenary Session 1 - Overview of Healthcare Waste Management and WASH in Healthcare Facilities in Nepal

1.1 Policy and Strategy for Environmental Health Promotion

1.2 National Guideline and Strategy on IHCWM

1.3 Legal Framework on HCWM


Plenary Session 2 - Waste Management and WASH in Healthcare Facilities: Practices from the Region

2.1 Situation Analysis and Key Intervention for Improvement

2.2 Emerging Trends and Practices

2.3 Emerging waste management practices: Experiences from waste incineration to zero waste cities in Asian countries (Documents are unfortunately missing)

2.4 User Friendly Tool for WASH in HCFs


Parallel Session 1A - Governance and Leadership in Waste Management

1A.1 Integrated Healthcare Waste Management Approach for Sustainability

1A.2 Implementing Biomedical Waste Rules


Parallel Session 1B - Experiences on HCWM from Nepal and other Asian Countries

1B.1 Implementation of safe HCWM

1B.2 The Experience from Taiwan


Parallel Session 1C - Technologies in Waste Management

1C.1 Use of Non Burn Technology in HCWM

1C.2 4R Practice in HCWM

1C.3 Non Burn Technology Microwave


Parallel Session 1D - Types of Waste and Methods of Disposal

1D.1 Disposal of Chemical, Charma, Cytotoxic Waste

1D.2 Liquid Waste Management in HCFs

1D.3 Management of E-Waste


Parallel Session 2A - Strategy and Governance

2A.1 Water and Sanitation in HF Improvement Tool

2A.2 WASH in HCFs

2A.3 Governance Modalities and Oversight Strategies


Parallel Session 2B - Menstrual Hygiene Management

2B.1 Best Practice on Disposal of Menstrual Waste

2B.2 Menstrual Hygiene Management

2B.3 Disposal of Menstrual Waste


Parallel Session 2C - Learning, Reflection and Adaptation from Piloted Districts

2C.1 Gender Friendly and Inclusive Approach on WASH in HCFs

2C.2 BCC for Improved WASH Practice


Parallel Session 2D - Climate Smart Healthcare

2D.1 Global Green Hospital Movement

2D.2 Climate Disaster and Health Action

2D.3 Building a Climate Resilient Health System


Day 3: Closing
Thursday, 12th of December 2019

Panel Discussion: Policy Framework for HCWM and WASH in Healthcare Facilities

1. A Qualitative Study with Informal Waste Workers


Plenary Session 1 - Research and Development in Environmental Health

1.1 Assessing Effects of Climate Factors on Diarrheal Diseases


Plenary Session 2 - National Experiences on the Design and Implementation IHCWM

2.1 Integrated Healthcare Waste Management at Local Level

2.2 Integrated Solid Waste and Fecal Sludge Management

2.3 Waste Management Experience from Dhankuta Municipality



Workshop Output


Further Resources

Webinar presentations: Turning crisis into opportunity Improving healthcare waste management and WASH during the COVID-19 pandemic  

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