Demonstrating and Promoting Best Techniques and Practices for Reducing Health-Care Waste to Avoid Environmental Releases of Dioxins and Mercury

Lead country

New York - GEF

Participating countries

India, Latvia, Lebanon, Argentina, Philippines, Senegal, Viet Nam

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From November 16, 2009 to October 31, 2011

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 3.9 Reduce deaths from pollution
  2. 12.4 Achieve environmentally sound chemical, waste management

Project ID: 2596

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Technical team

  • Chemicals and Waste Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Heavy metals
  • Persistent organic pollutants


  • Mercury
  • Unintentional POPs (e.g. furans, dioxins)


  • Human altered areas


  • Rural areas
  • Contaminated sites

Transformed sector(s)

  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Metals and Mining
  • Health care

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing


  • Technology innovation
  • Management operation
  • Capacity building


  • Transition to safer alternatives
  • Best available techniques & best environmental practices (BAT & BEP)
  • Waste management
  • Demonstration sites/Pilot
  • Education/Courses

Social inclusion


Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)

  • 3.9 Reduce deaths from pollution
  • 12.4 Achieve environmentally sound chemical, waste management

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Capital providers

Hot topic

  • Health
  • Structural/system transformation

Project description

The Overall Objective of the project is to reduce environmental releases of dioxins and mercury by demonstrating and promoting best techniques and practices for reducing and managing health care waste in a number of countries and regions. The Project will develop very specific health care waste management models through working with at least one large hospital and several smaller clinics and/or rural health or injection programs in each participating country. The focus will be on education, training, establishing management systems, and the careful selection of instruments, products and technologies that can be applied in a wide variety of settings. These will take on many different forms, but all will derive similar, replicable results in virtually eliminating dioxin and mercury releases from participating facilities and institutions. Operating in seven countries (Argentina, India, Latvia, Lebanon, Philippines, Senegal, Vietnam) covering five regions, the Project will have a strong regional component for the purpose of disseminating Project outcomes through participation of health care facilities and organizations from other countries in the region in the training programs and/or in regional conferences. The principal cooperating agencies working with UNDP on this project are the World Health organisation (WHO) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)..

USD $11,051,403

Grant amount

USD $13,663,599

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($11,051,403)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Governments

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