Health impact assessment and evaluation of a clinical waste management policy for Cameroon
Keywords:Cameroon, clinical waste, policy, health impacts, disposal, stakeholders.
AbstractHealth impact assessment (HIA) was carried out to evaluate development of a clinical waste management policy for Cameroon. Fifteen stakeholders of different portfolios within the health sector were selected during a HIA initiating study trip to the Northwest region of Cameroon. Questionnaires were then developed and emailed to the stakeholders. The stakeholders identified cross-contamination, environmental pollution, physical injuries and poor waste management sites as potential risk factors that can be associated with poor clinical waste management. They recommended strong economic and political capital as a prerequisite for the development and implementation of a successful clinical waste policy. Local impacts on health, according to the stakeholders, should be prioritized in deciding any treatment and disposal option. The whole HIA process run through 2008-2010.
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Gulis, G., & Mochungong, P. I. K. (2013). Health impact assessment and evaluation of a clinical waste management policy for Cameroon. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 4(1), e7. https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2013.e7