UPDATE - March 2002
Dangerous trade: children queue up at a garbage dump in southest Asia to scavenge for used syringes.
Putting injection waste out of harms way
By 2003, in line with WHO and UNICEF injection safety policy, all countries immunization programmes should have shifted to using auto-disable (AD) syringes with some 400 million to be supplied worldwide by UNICEF during the year. Although immunizations account for only 5% of all injections given worldwide, the new policy has highlighted the need for safe disposal of all injection waste. Below, Mark Haltmeier and other members of a WHO mission to assess healthcare waste disposal in Côte dIvoire highlight the importance for success of having a clear policy, knowledge and sustainable means. Alongside their article, our reports from the sharp end in Cambodia, India and West Africa describe three practical solutions in 2002.
Healthcare waste management: there are solutions by Mark Haltmeier and others
Reports from the sharp end
WHO advice and resources
Immunization Focus March 2002 - Contents