A key objective of national project activities in Vietnam is to deploy and evaluate commercially available, non-incineration healthcare waste treatment technologies appropriate to the country's needs. Because the problems in healthcare waste management stem from a failure of both practice and technology, this project is addressing this challenge in Vietnam and elsewhere by demonstrating an alternative systems approach to healthcare waste management.
In the nation's capital, Hanoi, one company (URENCO) is responsible for all municipal, hospital and industrial waste management. Accordingly, technology activities there will be directed toward investing in two autoclaves and one additional shredder to promote non-burn treatment of waste in the central facility.
Another activity based on the URENCO system will be the demonstration of a first-of-its-kind city-wide sharps (syringe) management program in Hanoi. Through this program, the project will purchase and distribute reusable sharps storage boxes to all Hanoi healthcare facilities managed by URENCO, and sharps waste will be separated, stored, collected, transported and recycled separately from the other waste streams.