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Health Care Waste Characteristics at Selected Health Facilities in Mbarara District, Uganda

Download this publicationThe health care waste produced in the course of health care activities has a higher potential to infect and injure than does any other type of waste. Inadequate and inappropriate health care waste handling knowledge may have serious health consequences, pose risks to health workers, patients, communities, and the environment, and also have a significant negative impact on the environment.

A rapidly growing population with high infectious disease prevalence requires high-impact interventions to prevent, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate affected communities, which brings with it ever-increasing volumes of health care waste. In Uganda, infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C constitute 60 percent of the nation’s disease burden and the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases is rising rapidly.

This assessment, led by a team from JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., evaluated suitable waste treatment technologies, developed equipment specifications, and established operating parameters for health care waste treatment. The report includes findings and conclusions. JSI/AIDSfree Project. 2016.

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