Promoting Effective Medical Waste Management to Reduce COVID-19 Impact on Environment

June 5, 2020

As COVID-19 rapidly spread across the world, the much-needed isolation and reduced industrial impact seems to have let the Earth take a breath of fresh air. COVID-19, however, is not all blooms and flowers for the Earth. Countries, institutions, and communities did their best to provide healthcare workers with the protection they deserve. PPE packages worth hundreds of million dollars were all of a sudden used in a very short period of time.

But have you ever wondered what happens to the PPE after use? We have, and we have realized that as much as our healthcare heroes need protection today, our Environment needs protection form all the waste that comes as a result.

Today, as we celebrate the World Environment Day, UNDP in Tajikistan launches a new project on medical waste management. The project is designed to respond to and mitigate effectively the risks associated with global GOVID-19 pandemic. With this initiative, UNDP steps up to facilitate development of long-term initiatives for effective management of medical waste in healthcare facilities and improve capacities of healthcare workers.

After the COVID-19 pandemic is under control, the upgraded infrastructure and enhanced human capacity will give sustained support to key national health sector programmes and will enable health systems strengthening for future waves of the epidemics. 

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