Learn more about AIDSFree's Health Care Waste Management (HCWM) work in Nigeria
To achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets by 2020, HIV treatment services are being scaled up in select high HIV-prevalence states and local government areas in Nigeria. This scale-up will result in an increase in the quantity of health care waste generated. Led by partner JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., AIDSFree is working to strengthen health care waste management systems in PEPFAR priority states in Nigeria to ensure that patients, health workers, communities, and the environment are protected. Key activities will include:
- Health care waste management: AIDSFree will work with the U.S. Government, PEPFAR implementing partners, and state governments to identify, implement, and promote adherence to practical and affordable means for the handling and disposal of health care waste at the facility level.
- Pre-service and continuing medical education: Develop and implement short-certificate HCWM courses at health training institutions that do not currently include infection prevention control (IPC) issues in their curricula and for health professionals to receive continuing medical education (CME) credits.
- Standard universal precautions: Establish and support hospital IPC committees to institutionalize standard precautions. Ensure that policies and standard operating procedures are available, and a system to monitor compliance is in place. Training activities will be coordinated for various cadres of health workers on IPC best practices.
- Logistics: AIDSFree Nigeria will build hospital and state capacity to quantify and forecast commodity needs for infection prevention equipment and supplies (e.g., safety boxes, phlebotomy equipment, waste bins, and bin liners). for preventive and curative services through training and supportive supervision.
- Policy: Adapt the National HCWM Policy in implementation states Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, Lagos, Nasarrawa, Kaduna, and Rivers to form the basis for sustainable state-owned HCWM system development.
- Monitoring and Evaluation: Support the Federal Ministry of Health to establish a system for continuous monitoring and improvement of HCWM and IPC.