Detail of GEF Project #1802

GEF Project ID 1802
Funding Source GEF Trust Fund
Project Name Demonstrating and Promoting Best Techniques and Practices for Reducing Health-care Waste to Avoid Environmental Releases of Dioxins and Mercury
Country Global
Region Global
Focal Area POPs
Operational Program 14; 10
Strategic Program POPS-1; POPS-3
PDF-A Approval Date 2002-11-11
Pipeline Entry Date 2003-06-17
PDF-B Approval Date 2005-01-11
Approval Date 2006-08-01
CEO Endorsement Date 2007-10-17
GEF Agency Approval Date 2008-05-24
Project Completion Date 2012-12-01
Project Status Project Completion
Executing Agency Health or Environment Ministry in each participating country in cooperation with HCWH and WHO
Description The health sector is a major source of dioxins and mercury in the global environment primarily as a result of medical waste incineration and the breakage and improper disposal of mercury-containing devices such as thermometers and sphygmomanometers. This Project is designed to assist the participating countries in developing and sustaining best practices in a way that is both locally appropriate and globally replicable. An additional component in Tanzania will develop, test and disseminate affordable and effective alternative health-care waste treatment technologies appropriate to conditions in much of sub-Saharan Africa. The Project aims to demonstrate and promote replication of best environmental practices and techniques for health-care waste management through model facilities and programs, and to reduce barriers to national implementation of these strategies. The main Project activities will include: – Establishment of model facilities and programs exemplifying health-care waste management best practices, and development of replication materials; – Deployment and evaluation of appropriate commercially-available, non-incineration health-care waste treatment technologies; – Development, testing, manufacture and deployment of appropriate and affordable, small-scale non-incineration technologies for sub-Saharan African facilities, and preparation and dissemination of manuals; – Introduction of mercury-free devices in model facilities, evaluation of their acceptability and efficacy, and development and dissemination of awareness-raising and educational materials; – Establishment/enhancement of capacity-building training programs for best practices and appropriate technologies implementation beyond the model facilities and programs; – Review of relevant policies, seeking of agreement by relevant authorities on recommended updates or reformulations, seeking of implementation plan agreement, and assistance in any policy review conference; – Distribution of best techniques and practices results to relevant stakeholders; and – Dissemination of results on demonstrated best techniques and practices for scaling up regionally and globally.
Implementation Status The following summarizes the Project’s activities during the last quarter of 2006 from October through December 2006. During this quarter, activities continued to be mostly transitional in nature as preparation for the implementation phase of the project continued. The substantive changes required for final submission of the UNDP Project Document were made. UNDP completed the process of establishing the administrative and financial structure of the project, a global parent (to be executed by UNOPS) under which 7 national execution (NEX) projects will be implemented. The administrative structure was uploaded to UNDP’s financial management system, Atlas, in preparation for CEO endorsement and project launch; Following the adoption of some new rules of procedure within the GEF Secretariat, the new CEO Endorsement Form was circulated to the global project team (GPT) for completion. The GPT continued communication with colleagues in participating countries and key project partners. These partners were updated on the project approval process and timeline. GPT provided the necessary support where possible to these partners in order to assure continual momentum for the project in participating countries.
PDF A Amount
25,000 USD
PDF B Amount
699,948 USD
GEF Project Grant
10,326,455 USD
GEF Grant
11,051,403 USD
Cofinancing Total
13,544,437 USD
Project Cost
24,595,840 USD
GEF Agency Fees
1,105,140 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
10,326,455 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
12,970,494 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
24,021,897 USD
GEF Agency Fees (CEO Endo.)
1,105,140 USD
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