Consultancy Services for Assessment of Medical Supplies and Medical Waste Management in Liberia

Project short name: LIB-01-01
Time frame: 09/2009 – 12/2009
Country: Liberia
Region: Liberia

Client: Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
Financing agency: IDA (International Development Association)

Project description:

Post-conflict Liberia is currently transitioning from emergency to development assistance. In the health sector, a National Health Policy and corresponding 5-year (2007 – 2011) National Health Strategic Plan have been formulated and endorsed by Government; thereby, providing the framework for health sector reform and development.

In the past, major hospitals throughout Liberia relied on incinerators for disposal of medical waste. At smaller health facilities, especially in rural areas, medical waste was and continues to be disposed through either burial or pit/open-air burning; as is the current practice at several major hospitals including the national referral hospital, the JFK Medical Center (JFKMC). Efforts are currently underway through the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) component of the Child Survival Programme to install incinerators in some of the health facilities in the country.

It is significant to note that very little is being done to adequately address the issue of medical waste disposal and management. Installation of the EPI incinerators cannot adequately address the challenges of waste management without a national strategy and plan of action on health care waste management. The objectives of the project are therefore to conduct a comprehensive medical supplies and medical waste management assessment of the Liberian situation; and to develop a national medical supplies and medical waste management strategy and plan, including both physical investments and training activities.

Services provided by ETLog Health EnviroTech & Logistics:

ETLog Health GmbH was commissioned to draw up a comprehensive and up-to-date study of waste management. The work to be carried out included:

  • Task 1: Assessment of Existing Policies and Waste Management Practices
  • Task 2: Determination of Appropriate Technology and Sites
  • Task 3: Training and Public Awareness
  • Task 4: Preparation and Presentations of Reports

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