Inadequate management of industrial, human and general solid waste is a source of significant pollution worldwide that is causing catastrophic impacts on both the environment and human health.
FHI 360’s experts help communities counteract these impacts by developing and implementing programs that work with and build on existing infrastructure and systems. This approach includes building the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and local governments to create waste management plans and mobilize the necessary resources to implement new strategies, raise community awareness about waste disposal and create essential municipal-level services to support solid waste management. FHI 360’s programs also provide grants and technical assistance to the CSOs that are best positioned to positively influence governance decisions related to solid waste management.
FHI 360’s in-country, local experts also work with health systems to develop comprehensive medical waste documents, including facility policies, standard operating procedures, training materials, equipment selection criteria, technology guidance documents and terms of reference for solid waste management committees. FHI 360’s programs provide support in renovating municipal waste management systems, carrying out environmental mitigation and monitoring plans, supporting ministries of health in implementing new municipal waste management systems and training health facility staff on proper handling and disposal of medical waste.
FHI 360’s expanding programs in waste management help to mitigate the threat that mismanaged waste poses to the environment and human health in communities around the world.