Awareness Raising, Training and Implementation of Sustainable healthcare waste management, Jinhua (Province Zhejiang)

Project short name: PRC-01-05
Time frame: 10/2003 - 12/2003
Country: China
Region: Jinhua - Province Zhejiang

Client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH


Project description:

The project was carried out in the town of Jinhua in the province of Zehjiang. 12 units of the Chinese health service took part in the project. The waste separation in the units was inconsistent, often wrong or not carried out at all. Infectious waste in the hospitals was freely accessible. As a result, the probability of noscomial infection was very high. Nobody was responsible for for the handling and disposal of hospital waste – an ordered and structured system of waste management was similarly absent. The authorities responsible were insufficiently prepared for their task of monitoring the procedure. Treatment facilities for the dangerous hospital waste were not available.

The project is part of the GTZ project „Environment oriented Enterprise Consultancy Zhejiang (EECZ)".

Services provided by ETLog Health EnviroTech & Logistics:

In order to able to plan an appropriate hospital waste management concept, it is necessary to calculate the quantity and volume of waste. The statistical data present in the People's Republic of China are based upon estimates. As a result, we undertook measurements of the quantity of infectious waste. In addition we drew upon the results gathered from six private and public hospitals. In order to improve the hygienic and security situation in the hospitals, we trained personnel from 12 units from the region of Jinhua as waste disposal agents. The training course took place over eight days. It included a foundation course, a practical segment, in the hospitals and workshops covering the practical implementation of theory in the hospitals. Two pilot hospitals were accompanied during the period of implementation by ETLog Health EnviroTech & Logistics GmbH experts. Special posters and labels were developed for the separation and collection of infectious waste in Chinese hospitals. In order to support the implementation phase, the course participants received a practice-based compendium. This included the most basic management practices for waste disposal. The responsible authorities were also trained in their areas of responsibility (monitoring and control).

Project results:

  • Meaningful data concerning the quantity and volume of infectious waste
  • Certification of hospital personnel to act as waste disposal agents
  • The implementation of training methods by the trained waste-disposal agents in the hospitals
  • Education of the authorities in the areas of Monitoring and control
  • The introduction of a sustainable waste-disposal concept in the pilot hospitals
  • The implementation and accompanying of the measures decided upon

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