Peter I. K. Mochungong

Background

The production and management of clinical waste has gained global attention. Due to its heterogeneity and infectious nature, poor disposal of clinical waste can pose serious threats to the environment and public health. Disposal practices in the Northwest Region of Cameroon are questionable while an efficient policy on clinical waste management is lacking in Cameroon.

Purpose

  • To conduct a prospective Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on clinical waste management in Cameroon.
  • To carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on poor clinical waste management in the Northwest Region of Cameroon

Methods/Design

  • Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

  Results

Two papers have been submitted: One about morbidity of children around clinical waste sides and the other one concerning environmental impact of clinical waste incinerators in Cameroon.

Timeframe: January 1st, 2008 - December 31st, 2010
Supervisors: Gabriel Gulis, Morten Sodemann, SDU; Kim Harry Esbesen, University of Aalborg, Esbjerg.
External funding: RAPID project supported by Executive Agency for Health and Consumers of DG SANCO, European Commission

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