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FHS NEWS: 2012-13

Ministry of Environment, UNDP and FHS collaborate to make recommendations on Healthcare Waste Management in Lebanon

December 5, 2012
The Commodore Hotel, Hamra, Beirut

The Ministry of Environment (MoE) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and in partnership with the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) organized a conference on healthcare waste management (HCWM) in Lebanon on Wednesday December 5, 2012 at The Commodore Hotel, Beirut.
Over 110 participants attended, representing the public sector, academic sector, hospitals, healthcare professional syndicates, environmental consulting firms, NGOs and media.

The agenda included presentations on the impact of healthcare waste and mercury mismanagement on public health and the environment with a focus on the benefits and opportunities that environmental management systems and accreditation can bring to the healthcare sector; the legal framework for the management of healthcare waste and the trans-boundary movements of hazardous waste under the Basel convention; and three hospitals case studies on the implementation and impacts of HCWM systems, and the experience of exporting hazardous waste for treatment and disposal abroad under the Basel convention.

Opening Speeches: left to right, Ms. Samar Khalil - UNDP, Dean Iman Nuwayhid - FHS, Mr. Edgar Chehab - UNDP

In conclusion, participants drew up these recommendations for follow up by the Ministry of Environment:
- Hospitals should work together under the syndicate of hospitals to manage hazardous HCW so as to create economies of scale and to reduce the cost of treatment and export of HCW.
- The MoE will issue a decision to standardize HCWM in hospitals and send it to the national committee concerned with hospital accreditation for inclusion in hospital accreditation standards.
- The Ministry of Public Health should work on revising the hospitalization fee to take HCWM into account.
- The Ministry of Interior should enforce existing national legislation on HCWM.
- The Ministry of Education should give incentives to the academic sector to introduce HCWM in the curriculum of healthcare professions.

 

Professor May Massoud presenting at the conference
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