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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.
trade: children queue up at a garbage dump in southest Asia
to scavenge for used syringes.
waste management: there are solutions
by Mark Haltmeier and others
Reports from the sharp end
WHO advice and resources
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