Unpacking healthcare waste management at rural village health clinics in the Ntcheu District (Malawi)

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Unpacking healthcare waste management at rural village health clinics in the Ntcheu District (Malawi)

You may be interested in our recent paper on waste management in rural healthcare clinics of Malawi. This was research led by one of our master's students at Mzuzu University.


Unpacking healthcare waste management at rural village health clinics in the Ntcheu District (Malawi)
Madalitso Mmanga, Wales Singini, Veronica Di Bella, Mary Grace Flaherty and Rochelle H. Holm
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
DOI:10.1007/s10661-019-7306-6

Abstract
Management of healthcare waste in low- and middle-income countries lackswhere rural services are provided. The purpose of our case study was to explore the knowledge and practices of health surveillance assistants operating at rural village health clinics in N sharps (e.g. needles) management was generally being done well. An opportunity for scale-up was found in one clinic, in which local materials had been used to construct a low-cost innovative sharps disposal receptacle that had been modified from a pit latrine design. This study recommends waste management training suitable for rural settings, the promotion of low-cost sharps disposal receptacles using local materials, further opportunities for low-cost incinerators, central waste collection, and encouraging grassroots innovation in healthcare waste management.

The full paper can be read for free here: rdcu.be/bnMXR

Rochelle Holm, Ph.D., PMP
Mzuzu University
Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation
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