Health Care Waste Management

Health care waste management is one of five priority areas that underpin the transition of the COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM) toward investments that strengthen health and community systems and pandemic preparedness.

Health care waste is an inevitable byproduct of providing health services. Unless it is managed carefully and correctly, health care waste can cause environmental damage and harm to human health, and contribute to the spread of diseases.

Because of this potential damage, safe and sustainable management of health care waste should be considered as an integral component of Global Fund-supported programs.

Funding applications that include activities for this priority area are requested to ensure that technical in-country stakeholders for health care waste management (e.g., Infection Prevention Control authorities, Ministries of Environment, focal points for water, sanitation and hygiene) are actively engaged in the proposal, and that it is aligned with national waste management strategies.

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