Demonstrating and Promoting Best Techniques and Practices for Reducing Healthcare Waste to Avoid Environmental Releases of Dioxins and Mercury

What is the Project About

What is the Project About
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In partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, the project aims to demonstrate best practices in healthcare waste management such as promoting the use of alternative waste treatment technologies, improved waste segregation practices, waste minimization and the use of appropriate alternatives to mercury-containing devices. Implemented by UNDP with support from WHO and Health Care Without Harm, the project is funded by the Global Environment Facility.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What Have We Accomplished So Far
  • Infectious waste reduced by 80 percent at King George’s Medical University in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh as a result of proper segregation, transportation and treatment of bio-medical waste

  • The hospital earns INR 18,00,000 (US$ 32,700) annually through recycling of the waste

  • A National Steering Committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
  • Waste management practices initiated and alternative treatment technologies explored in Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • More than 100 participants enrolled under the Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU) distance learning programme on healthcare waste management 
  • Dioxin testing to measure the pollutants coming out of the disposal of medical waste for the Centralized Treatment Facility (CTF) in Chennai undertaken by the Central Pollution Control Board
  • Devices to measure the temperature of the incineration which is appropriate for burning of the medical waste installed in CTF in Chennai

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility (GEF) US$ 800,000


Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Years

Year Amount
2012 US$ 243,961
Till 2011 US$ 194,057


Story of Change

‘Health Without Harm’: Reducing Risk from Healthcare Waste Management in India
Photo: UNDP India

‘Health Without Harm’: Reducing Risk from Healthcare Waste in India
The Global Healthcare Waste Management project, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and funded by the Global Environment Facility, is helping promote best practices in healthcare waste management and mercury waste management in the King George’s Medical University in Lucknow, India. The hospital has been able to reduce the amount of infectious waste generated by 80 percent due to proper segregation, transportation and treatment of waste practices.

In the News

Project Overview
Status:
Closed
Project Start Date:
2009
Estimated End Date:
2013
Geographic Coverage:
New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
MDG:
Goal 7 - Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Project Officer:
Sunil Arora
Partners:
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, Global Project Team
Highlights
  • The global project focuses on demonstrating best practices in healthcare waste management
  • Waste management practices initiated and alternative treatment technologies explored in Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, UP
  • More than 100 participants enrolled under the Indira Gandhi National Open University’s distance learning programme on healthcare waste management 
  • Dioxin testing for the Centralized Treatment Facility (CTF) in Chennai undertaken by the Central Pollution Control Board
  • Devices to measure temperature of the incineration, appropriate for burning of medical waste, installed in CTF in Chennai