ANTIMICROBIAL WASTE REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT

The course will contain the following training modules

Introduction to healthcare waste reduction and management
Reliable surveillance and risk assessment
Digital solutions to reduce antimicrobial waste

Vision:

Our vision is to incorporate procurement and waste management as powerful tools in the fight against AMR. By promoting sustainable practices in the healthcare sector, we aim to reduce waste and make sure that our suppliers don’t have a negative impact with their production.

Objectives:

  1. Promote practices to reduce antimicrobial waste
  2. Raise awareness of the importance of green procurement to reduce AMR
  3. Guide healthcare institutions on how to green their procurement practices
Warning! Antimicrobial waste!
handle antimicrobial waste care!

Why action/education is needed:

  • The AMR curricula for healthcare professionals and health managers currently lack sufficient emphasis on antimicrobial waste management.
  • Green procurement is not yet widely adopted in Europe and is often viewed as a novel concept.
  • While some countries have made efforts to address AMR through waste management, not all health systems or Member States have prioritised this issue.

What this project will achieve:

We will empower healthcare professionals and health managers with the tools they need to identify practices that generate excessive waste, and provide them with the necessary resources to address this issue.

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Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Collins

Work package leader

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe

Mission statement:

“Waste management is often under considered area in the prevention of AMR, but improper disposal of antimicrobial contaminated waste can promote AMR development in the environment. As hospitals and healthcare workers are key users of antimicrobials and often reserve antibiotics, it is important that we mobilize them to enhance waste management practices and help prevent the spread of AMR.”

EU co-funded project

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.