International Recognition for hecaf360's inventive role in Covid-19 waste management
Health Care Without Harm is an international partner and key advisor to HECAF360's work with the environment and health care waste management. HCWH have recently posted an article about the waste management protocols developed by HECAF360 and HCWH concerning the evacuation of Nepali students and workers from Wuhan China in February 2020. These protocols are now the standard for decontaminating aircraft in Nepal. Read the article.
International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific 2020
HECAF 360 Executive Director Mahesh Nakarmi is participating in The International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) 2020.
The overall theme of this year's Zoom conference is “Just Transitions Toward Sustainable Societies in Asia and the Pacific: Building forward better for our future beyond COVID-19”.
Mahesh's presentation is part of “Waste Management in Response to COVID-19: Exploring Ways of Response and Recovery”.
Video of the event and Mahesh's presentation will be posted here soon.
HECAF360 Imports Life Saving PPE
Mahesh Nakarmi, Executive Director of HECAF360, has again arranged the donation and importation of desperately needed PPE for distribution throughout Nepal in the fight against Covid-19.
The importation valued at nearly $80,000 USD is a donation from the Tzu Chi Foundation of Hualien City, Taiwan. The aid includes BiPAP ventilation equipment, thermometers and other highly sought after PPE.
The Government of Nepal Ministry of Health and Population working alongside HECAF360 will be distributing the PPE to the recipients below. For full details of the distribution click here.
Harzardous Covid-19 Duty
to carry out
By Special Request of
Ministry of Health and Population:
Airport bio-hazard clean-up
Ambulances standing by to evacuate the seriously ill passengers
Health Environment and Climate Action Foundation (HECAF 360), formerly Health Care Foundation Nepal (HECAF), is a non-governmental and not-for-profit sharing organization committed to promoting a clean, green, climate smart health care system in Nepal. HECAF 360 is a pioneer in environmentally-safe health care waste management systems based on Zero Waste principles and non-burn technology.
GUIDELINES & PRINCIPLES
Make hospitals and other health care facilities SAFE, for patients, for staff and for the communities in which the hospitals and clinics are located.
HECAF 360 is committed to the elimination of incineration of medical waste throughout the country.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is the mantra governing every implementation of a Health Care Waste Management project.
HECAF 360 believes burying waste hides the problem but does not solve it. Burying harmful or hazardous waste often leads to other longterm problems like ground water and soil contamination.
PROJECTS HECAF 360
Making Nepal's Waste Management Safer
HECAF has implemented Health Care Waste Management projects in over 25 in-patient hospitals throughout the country. These multi-bed facilities can now recycle much of the waste they generate, including pathological wastes. Each project begins with an elaborate diagnostic assessment of the kinds of wastes being generated and an evaluation of the safest and most effective methods of reusing, recycling or disposing of the waste.
Clinics and out-patient treatment centers in both urban and rural environments also generate health care waste and pose risks to patients, staff and the community at large if the waste generated is not properly treated and processed. Just as with the large multi-bed hospitals, clinics and out patient centers rely on a careful diagnostic evaluation before any project is designed and implemented.
It's not just hospitals and clinics that generate health care waste. Pharmaceutical waste is also a major problem once products exceed their use-by date.Expired pharmaceuticals must be handled in a safe and responsible manner when being disposed of HECAF has devised a program that can safely recycle a great of the the waste from expired pharmaceuticals.
In Nepal schools are also generating potentially infectious waste because of a recent Government of Nepal policy making menstrual hygiene pads available to schoolgirls. The safe disposal of these sanitary pads is an issue that HECAF has also addressed.
Zero Waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages "rethinking" what waste is and "redesigning" how waste is handled so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or waterways. As much as possible HECAF deploys Zero Waste principles in its Health Care Waste Management work.