International Programme on Chemical Safety

Improving the availability of poisons centre services in Eastern Africa



  • Number of pages: 68
  • Publication date: 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9789241509206


This report summarises a study carried out by WHO to explore the feasibility of establishing a subregional poisons centre in Eastern Africa. The study was carried out between January 2012 and December 2013 and was funded by the Quick Start Programme (QSP) of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

The study involved consultations with government representatives, health professionals and NGOs about their preferences regarding the provision of poisons centre services, and an examination of the practical considerations for a subregional service. These discussions were supported by a literature review that provided background information on the countries in the subregion, including the characteristics of poisoning in each country.

In addition to summarising the outcomes of the study, the report provides information on how to set up a poisons centre. While the study focused on the Eastern Africa subregion much of the information in the report is relevant to other regions and countries.

The full study report can be obtained from the International Programme on Chemical Safety (ipcsmail@who.int)