Development of Medical Waste Management Plan for South Sudan

Project short name: SSU-01-01
Time frame: 09/2011 - 01/2012
Country: South Sudan
Region: Juba and selected cities

Client: Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan
Financing agency: World Bank


Project description:

On January 9, 2005, a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), bringing nearly 50 years of civil strife in Southern Sudan to a halt. Southern Sudan continues to suffer from grim health indicators and access to health services remains limited. The estimate for maternal mortality (2,054 per 100,000 live births) is the highest in the world and the coverage of preventive services such as immunization remain among the lowest. Like in many post-conflict settings, the organization of health services in Southern Sudan is a patchwork of efforts that may not be having a substantial effect on the population as a whole.

Within the project the MoH, in collaboration with relevant line ministries and agencies, desired to fully address issues relating to the disposal and management of medical supplies/products and medical waste. In view of this, the assignment will aimed at the following:

1. Conducting a comprehensive medical supplies and medical waste management assessment in Southern Sudan; and
2. Developing a national medical supplies and medical waste management strategy and plan, including physical investments, waste management and disposal, compliance monitoring, and training activities.

Services provided by ETLog Health EnviroTech & Logistics:

  • Assessing the policy, regulatory (legal) and administrative frameworks on health care waste management including identifying permitting requirements, outline of any public participation required and assess the health care waste generation and management. Examine the current status of health care waste management in Southern Sudan, identify the potential source of funding, assess health care waste management awareness/knowledge and behaviors at various levels of health facilities and identify possible existing Institutional weakness in terms of Structure, reporting arrangement and human resource capabilities;
  • Determination of appropriate healthcare waste management technology and sites;
  • Determining GoSS Capacity to manage Medical Waste;
  • Development of a Training and Public Awareness concept;
  • Development of the national healthcare waste management plan for the next years, preparation and presentations of reports;
  • Additionally a national guideline for healthcare waste and a national policy was drafted.

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