The health care environment is one of the leading forms of transmission of infections including blood borne viruses such as hepatitis. Poor medical waste management and health safety practices are largely attributed to be the cause of this transmission. Since 2009, FIRE has conducted specialized trainings with health care workers in conjunction with medical waste management supply distribution.
Medical Waste Management, Supply Distribution and Capacity Building
To prevent the risk of disease transmission to health care workers, and eventually to the general public, FIRE has developed a systematic training program for health care workers. Since 2009, in accordance with the National Strategy for Improving Health Care Waste Management in Mongolia, FIRE has supported every state health care facility in 10 out of 21 provinces of Mongolia to improve their medical waste management and health safety practices. These improvements include training health care workers and providing on-site technical support and supply distribution. Training materials and supplies include instructional videos, posters, pamphlets, and necessary medical waste management supplies including biohazard waste bags, sharp boxes and medical waste containers.
Three months after completing the training and distributing supplies, FIRE conducts a monitoring and evaluation trip. FIRE visits each hospital and provides further training and technical support as needed.These supplies and training allow health care workers and administrators to upgrade their medical waste management practices, protecting themselves and their patients from disease transmission.
Specific topics covered include:
- Proper hand hygiene including hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer
- Internationally accepted “universal precautions” to prevent contact with bodily fluid
- Injection safety procedures
- Correct use of medical waste management supplies
- Use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
These supplies include:
- Plastic sharp boxes complete with needle removers
- 30 liter plastic watertight containers for infectious waste
- 60 liter plastic containers for transporting and storing medical waste
- Red and yellow plastic bags for biohazardous, infectious waste
Fifth Health Sector Development Project (FiHSDP)
In July 2014, FIRE began working with the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) to provide consultants services to the Mongolian Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) for the Asian Development Bank funded Fifth Health Sector Development Project (FiHSDP), to improve the health safety in hospitals across Mongolia.This project has signi cant environmental, health, and safety bene ts, and will improve patient and health care worker safety.
This project will improve patient and health worker safety in the hospitals Mongolia by:
- Improving the safety of blood transfusions
- Strengthening medical waste management
- Improving infection prevention control in hospitals
FIRE and CSIH, with global expertise in areas of blood safety, health care waste management, and infection prevention and control, assist this project with technical support for policy development, facility planning, and capacity building. Health care workers will be trained, upgraded equipment will be provided to hospitals, and precise technical guidelines will be developed.The advancements established through this project will ensure that educational resources, medical equipment, and waste management procedures meet internationally accepted standards.
For more detailed information about this project, please visit our FiHSDP page.