Certificate in Health Care Waste Management (CHCWM)
The concern for bio-medical waste management has been felt globally with the rise in deadly infections such as AIDS, Hepatitis-B and indiscriminate disposal of health care waste. The United Nations through UN Basel Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal has classified health care waste as the most hazardous waste, after radioactive waste.
The main bottleneck to a sound health care waste management program is lack of training and appropriate skills, insufficient resource allocation and lack of adequate equipments. Thus the need to educate different health care professionals/workers, NGOs and other stake holders was identified as a priority. To cater to the needs of these health care professionals, IGNOU and WHO, SEARO decided to develop and launch a Certificate Program in Health Care Waste Management in the South-East Asia Region Countries. This program launched in January 2006 is a 14 credit, six-month certificate program, through open and distance learning.
Besides India, this program is on offer in Bangladesh Nepal and Mongolia. The program has been translated in Hindi, Bhasha and Mongolina language. Some of the other SEA Countries may also offer it in near future.
MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, Senior Nursing Professional with B.Sc. Nursing/GNM qualification c) Hospital Administrator/Dy. Medical Superintendent, Any other responsible officer of the hospital nominated by the respected, Hospital Management, M.Sc. or M.Phil. or Ph.D in environmental sciences or life sciences working in the area of health care waste management.
Minimum Duration: 6 Months
Maximum Duration: 2 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 3,800
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar
- Sensitize the learners about health care waste and its impact on health and environment.
- Acquaint the learner group to existing legislation, knowledge and practices regarding health care waste Management practices in South East Asia Region countries.
- Impart knowledge on the systems and technologies in health care waste management and their practical aspects.
- Equip the learner with skills to manage health care waste effectively and safely.