The importance of strong political support

For healthcare waste management to be properly dealt with on the field, strong political commitment is required in all the areas concerned, be it management issues, training, regulatory framework, technologies and financial ressources.

To help get the required support, it is necessary to raise awareness amongst decision makers both within the Ministries of Health and the one in charge of the Environnement. This can be done amongst others by showing that inadequate healthcare waste management can reduce the overall benefits of health care significantly. The policy paper provides in this respect some alarming figures.

If the country is signatory to the Basel Convention, legal arguments may also be used.

To help you see where you stand as a country, check out the country information chapter.

Case studies provide some examples of how specific challenges have been addressed.