Health care facilities in Ghana have installed autoclaves and other equipment to improve health care waste management, as part of a Medical Waste project that is being coordinated by United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Health Organization and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH).

During a 6-day visit to Ghana (22-27 April 2018), Ruth Stringer, HCWH’s Science and Policy Coordinator, and a group of UNDP experts visited the hospitals, worked with the autoclave manufacturing team to install the equipment and trained the staff that will be operating the machines. Stringer explained that “this is a very exciting phase of the project. We have trained over thirty technical staff and installed the first autoclaves in the sites constructed by the hospitals. Now safer waste management will start, first here in Ghana, and soon in the other project countries.”

The support provided to the facilities is expected to directly benefit more than 1,770,221 people living in different parts of Ghana, such as Cape Coast, Koforidua, Kumasi, Keta and Winneba, as well as many other indirect beneficiaries living around these communities and the entire country.

The beneficiary hospitals were the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, the Koforidua Regional Hospital, and the Tegbi Health Centre, Keta. Two other hospitals, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and Winneba Trauma Hospital, which are already using waste treatment technologies, received assorted personal protective equipment and waste bins. Through the participation of the hospitals in the project, they all become GGHH members.  Ruth Stringer presented several of them their official membership certificate during her visit.

For more information on the project, click here.