Water Sanitation Health

Health-care waste management: Guidance for the development and implementation of a National Action Plan

© World Health Organization 2004

This guidance document is part of an overall WHO strategy which aims at reducing the disease burden caused by poor health-care waste management (HCWM) through the promotion of best practices and the development of safety standards.

This document provides guidance to assess and analyse the HCWM situation at the national level so as to be able to draft up a National Action Plan (NAP), with the aim of improving the overall HCWM system in the country.

The draft NAP would then be reviewed by persons involved in the national or regional policy setting, interested donor agencies, NGOs and other concerned organizations or stakeholders and roles and resources for its implementation identified