West Africa | Autoclaves Deployed to Help Anti-Ebola Campaign
As efforts to stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continue, a new design of autoclave is being deployed to help make the treatment of infectious waste safe environmentally sustainable.
Treating patients with Ebola generates huge amounts of infectious waste. New autoclaves have been designed by the South African company Medi-Clave, working with Jorge Emmanuel, Chief Technical Expert from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) Global Healthcare Waste Project, in which WHO and HCWH were Principal Cooperating Agencies (www.gefmedwaste.org
Starting in early 2015, HCWH will be working with UNDP and WHO on a new GEF-funded project, which will disseminate non-incineration waste treatment technologies in four African countries- Ghana, Madagascar, Tanzania and Zambia. Lessons learned during this deployment of autoclaves in the Ebola Treatment Units will be valuable for this new project.
Jorge Emmanuel (left), and Johan Hoffman (right), co-designers of the new autoclave, with one of the first units to be produced. Dr Emmanuel is Chief Technical Expert from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF)/World Health Organization (WHO)/Health Care Without Harm Globa Healthcare Waste Project. Johan Hoffman (right) is Managing Director and Chief Engineer of the Medi-Clave company that co-designed and produces the autoclaves.