National pilot project on healthcare waste management in rural areas, South Africa

Project short name: SAF-01-01
Time frame: 02/2004 - 10/2008
Country: South Africa
Region: Zeerust

Client: WEBECO Hygiene in Medizin und Labor GmbH & Co. KG
Financing agency: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Project description:

Cost effective, integrated management of the healthcare waste streams in the rural environment through centralization of healthcare waste treatment facilities on district level.The project assisted the Zeerust Health District in the North-West Province and the National Department of Environment, Agriculture and Tourism (DEAT) to develop and implement an Integrated Healthcare Waste Management Concept. The target was to set up a cost effective, integrated management system for the healthcare waste streams in the rural environment through centralization of healthcare waste treatment facilities on district level.

This project got approved as a National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) Project by the DEAT in Pretoria. It is a component of the NWMS project to cover the full healthcare waste stream from cradle to grave. An integrated healthcare waste management system was established around the treatment technology to provide centralized healthcare waste management services. The project aims to demonstrate the developed solution for rural areas and to spread the approved system on national level.

Services provided by ETLog Health EnviroTech & Logistics:

  • Development of a healthcare waste system for rural areas in South Africa;
  • Carrying out of an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for the developed system;
  • Development of an internal and external disposal logistic system;
  • Vocational training on macro, meso and micro level;
  • Accompanying the set up of a healthcare waste treatment plant (steam sterilization);
  • Implementation of the healthcare waste concept in Zeerust health district (2 hospitals and 20 clinics);

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