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Disposal of Biomedical Waste at three Nepalese Hospitals

Manthali, Nepal

Disposal of Biomedical Waste at three Nepalese Hospitals

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Burning hospital waste in open fires causes harm to the environment and the health of the local people in Nepal dramatically. TeoG faces this problem by installing an incinerator especially designed for this issue.

Lukas K. from Technik ohne Grenzen e.V.Write a message

What's the problem?
Usually, infectious hospital waste in Nepal is burned in pits by pouring flammable liquids over it. The temperatures reached by this method are not high enough to sterilize the waste completely. In most cases, leftover waste will remain. This waste along with its germs and bacteria will be distributed around the hospital property from wind and animals. In the case of rain, the ground water may become contaminated as well. All of this increases the risk of infection for patients, hospital staff, visitors and neighbours. Technology without Borders  faces this issue and provides a solution.
How to solve it?
Based on knowledge and social connections from a previous project in Nepal (Environmentally friendly disposal of biomedical waste in Bahunipati), this project will deliver three incinerators for burning biomedical waste in the towns of Baluwa, Kattike Deurali and Manthali. We will use the well-tried two chamber incinerator model of TeoG. Due to the two combustion chambers as well as the chimney with a height of 4 to 5m, constant temperatures of more than 800°C are verifiably reached (peak temperatures up to 1050°C). As a result, the biomedical waste is sterilized, almost no carbon black and toxic gases arise (dioxin window between 300 and 600°C) and the waste volume is minimized. The ash can be burried without any concerns. The incinerators used in the previous project provided a burn rate of up to 20kg/h per incinerator.
A team of three project members will be sent to Nepal in Spring 2018 for eight weeks. In preparation for the TeoG team's arrival, local hospital staff will build the foundations for the incinerators as well as buy the necessary materials. Our team will be in contact with the local partners before the arrival in Nepal in order to plan the building process of the incenerators.
Also, our team will teach the hospital staff how to use, maintain and repair the incinerators so they can effectively and independently handle it in the future. Additionally, we will train and teach suitable and interested locals how to plan, build, use, maintain and repair future incinerators for biomedical waste at Nepalese hospitals. We believe in the principal of helping people so they can help themselves in the future. It is our goal to provide a long-term improvement solution for the hospital waste issues in Nepal.
This project is mainly funded by the German Rotary Volunteer Doctors e.V. as well as fundraising. We highly appreciate your donation to the bank account of our regional group Erlangen or via Betterplace. Thank you very much!
Especially we would like to thank the company Testo from Lenzkirch in Germany for providing us a pollution control unit. This will help us to control the quality of the combustion. 
For questions, please contact lukas.koeferl@teog.de

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