The Core Team
 

Dr. (Ms.) Shyamala Mani,
Programme Director, Waste and Resource Management (WaRM) group,
Centre for Environment Education (CEE)

Dr. Mani is one of the leading environmental scientists of India with her M.Phil in Environmental Science and Ph.D in ‘Integrated Management and Disposal Plan for Hospital Wastes’ from the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was a visiting scholar in Spring 2001 at the Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkely, USA. Dr. Mani was also a National Science Talent Scholar, recipient of the ICAR Fellowship in Agricultural Microbiology and the Fogarty International scholar in Environmental Health.

Dr. Mani, who heads the Waste and Resource Management (WaRM) group of CEE, has been working in the field of biomedical waste management since 1996.The development of the thrust area of Biomedical Waste Management within CEE was initiated as a parallel capability building effort on the part of Dr Mani by undertaking her doctoral research work in the subject.
She has designed, developed and implementing ‘Healthcare Establishment Waste Management & Education Programme (HEWMEP)’, an integrated waste management plan which involves not only training of several medical, para-medical & non-medical employees of the establishments for source reduction, segregation, disinfection, transport, treatment and disposal, but also creation of awareness among public, public servants, professionals and the government for taking serious note of the consequences of improper management of hospital waste. The programme has several components aimed at facilitating development of infrastructure required for bmwm, design and development of IEC material, implementing research programmes, training programmes and awareness campaigns and policy and advocacy issues towards effective BMWM in the country.

Dr. Mani is credited with design, development and implementation of Common Healthcare waste Appropriate Management Plant (CHAMP) at Gulbarga, Karnataka to demonstrate how using eco-friendly and health safety methods, bio-medical waste can be source separated, stored, treated and disposed to avoid injury, infection and mortality among the healthcare workers and the general community. She has also developed and fabricated safety equipment for the management of sharps such as needles, blades, sutures and many other kinds of material capable of causing injury and infection in healthcare establishments. This equipment is under the process of being patented.

Dr. Mani was a member of ‘Committee to Evolve a Roadmap on Management of Waste in India’ constituted by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India during 2008-09 at the instance of the report submitted by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in 2008 on situation of Waste Management in India. Earlier in 1998 she was the member of the ‘National Standing Committee on Implementation of Bio-medical Wastes’; helped in formulating the Bio-medical waste regulations by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India. She represented to Supreme Court Committee on Sustainable Waste Management and persuaded recommendation of eco-friendly processing technologies rather than incineration.  Further, Dr Mani received citation of the Paryavaran Puraskar awarded to CEE specifically mentioned pioneering work on biomedical waste management & other waste management done. She has over 35 research publications to her credit while she has authored / edited 32 books.

Apart from biomedical waste management, Dr Mani has also done significant work in Municipal Solid Waste Management, E–waste management, Hazardous waste management, Waste Auditing, Design and Implementation of Innovative and Scientific projects with cutting edge technologies for both rural and urban environments, Ecological and cultural heritage, Biodiversity Conservation, Health & sanitation and livelihood issues. 

Dr. Mani is based at CEE Delhi and could be contacted at:shyamala.mani@ceeindia.org

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Ms. Reema Banerjee
Programme Coordinator,
Waste and Resource Management (WaRM) group, CEE


Ms. Reema Banerjee has done her M.Sc in Microbiology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Management. She joined the group in 2001 and has over 8 years of experience in Education, training and treatment aspects of waste management, microbial technology and environmental degradation.

Ms. Banerjee was a part of the team in designing and developing the "Healthcare Establishment Waste Management & Education Programme” (HEWMEP) and the National Kit of educational material on biomedical waste management. She was also involved as a team member for conducting the cross sectional scenario and compliance of BMWM Rules, 1998 by the healthcare establishments of Delhi.

Ms. Banerjee conducted qualitative & quantitative microbiological analysis of air, water, different kinds of hospital waste and inanimate surfaces and has been instrumental in devising and implementing cost effective onsite integrated biomedical waste management plan for PHCs and CHCs in rural areas. She was further involved in developing a comprehensive manual on biomedical waste management for training and reference of the healthcare functionaries.  Ms. Banerjee was also involved in implementing HEWMEP at Delhi and Kannur as a part of which she undertook training and capacity building of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff on various aspects of biomedical waste management. 

Ms. Banerjee has represented, attended and presented organisations' biomedical waste management endeavors in many national and international conferences. She has many papers and articles in journals published to her credit.
Apart from biomedical waste management, Ms. Banerjee has also done significant work in the field of Municipal Solid Waste Management, Analysis and Reclamation of Contaminated Sites, Waste Auditing, Health & sanitation issues. 
Ms. Banerjee is based at CEE Kolkata and heads the operations of the WaRM group in Eastern region. She could be contacted at: reema.banerjee@ceeindia.org

 

 

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Ms. Ruchismita Das
Programme Officer,
Waste and Resource Management (WaRM) group, CEE

Ms. Das has done her M.Sc in Environmental Sciences from Mysore University and joined the group in 2001. She was a part of the team to develop the biomedical waste management kit comprising of about 15 print, audio and video educational materials. 
Under the supervision of Dr Mani, Ms. Das worked with Orissa Health System Development Project (OHSDP) and World Bank in developing 15 model govt. hospitals in Orissa on BMWM. She conducted a citywide campaign in all the govt. and private HCEs of Bhubaneswar, Orissa to assess their methods and handling of biomedical waste. Ms. Das acted as a trainer in many of the training programmes organized by various groups on biomedical waste management for all healthcare personnel and NGOs; the salient one of them was the training and capacity building programmes for about 400 ayurvedic doctors in association with State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, (SIHFW) Orissa. Ms. Das is also coordinating development of a ‘Knowledge and Information Centre’ on Waste Management in Bhubaneswar through which a series of educational materials are being translated in Oriya.
Ms. Das is continuing her research for Ph. D thesis report on “biomedical waste management model for Cuttack and Bhubaneswar twin cities, 10yrs of working experience on waste management and its allied fields”.
Ms. Das is based at CEE East and could be contacted at: ruchismita.das@ceeindia.org 

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Ms. Mamuni Pandit
Programme Officer,
Waste and Resource Management (WaRM) group, CEE


Ms. Pandit has done her Masters in Environmental Studies and has qualified National Eligibility test (NET) in Environmental Sciences conducted by UGC in 2002-2003. She has also done “Certificate Course on Occupational Health and Safety” conducted by PRIA, New Delhi in collaboration with International Occupational Safety and Health Information System (International Labour Organization).
Under the guidance of Ms. Wankhede, Ms. Pandit worked as a Manager of CHAMP CBWTF at Gulbarga for nearly four years. She was also involved in imparting training of Healthcare functionaries and CHAMP CBWTF staff and other stakeholders like MBBS & Nursing students on Biomedical Waste handling and Management.  
Apart from biomedical waste management, Ms. Pandit is working on analysis and reclamation of Contaminated Sites under the supervision of Ms. Banerjee and Dr Mani.
Ms. Pandit is based at CEE East and could be contacted at: mamuni.pandit@ceeindia.org

 

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Ms. Priyanka Porwal
Project Officer,
Waste and Resource Management (WaRM) group, CEE

Priyanka Porwal is Project Officer, Waste and Resource Management Group, Centre for Environment Education, Delhi. She is Masters in Microbiology from C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur. She has five years experience in WaRM group of CEE. She has experience in biomedical waste management and solid waste management. She did external audit of biomedical waste in 10 government hospitals of Delhi funded by Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management (ISHWM) and Directorate of health Services (DHS). She also worked in the project “organizing awareness and training programmes in nursing homes and clinics on hospital waste management” in Delhi and gave the training to each level of Health Care worker on Biomedical waste Management. She is IGNOU course content writer for Certificate Course in Solid Waste Management. She has good experience in development of education materials on biomedical waste management in Hindi and English language.
Ms. Porwal is based at CEE Delhi and could be contacted at: priyanka.porwal@ceeindia.or

 

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Ms. Hemlata
Waste and Resource Management (WaRM) group, CEE

Hemlata is working in Waste and Resource Management Group, Centre for Environment Education, Delhi. She is Bachelor in Arts from Delhi University. She has two years experience in WaRM group of CEE. She also worked in the project “organizing awareness and training programmes in nursing homes and clinics on hospital waste management” in Delhi and did survey of each level of Health Care worker on Biomedical waste Management. She has good experience making recycled products from waste.

 

 

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Ms. Priscilla Merline
Project Officer,
Waste and Resource Management (WaRM) group, CEE

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Ms. Divya Pant

Divya Pant is a Project Officer, Waste and Resource Management Group, Centre for Environment Education, Delhi. She is Masters in Environmental Sciences from University of Lucknow, Lucknow. She has 4+ years experience in WaRM group of CEE. She has a very good experience in biomedical waste management, Solid waste management and sanitation projects. Executed project on “Prototype Development/ Testing of Ecological Sanitation Concept for Promoting Environmental Sanitation” which was supported by UNICEF. Conducted training and awareness programs for solid waste management and biomedical waste management.

Also worked in an Environment consultancy providing Environment Clearance, NOC to group Housing, Malls, Parks, Residential Complexes, Schools, SEZs. Presently working as a Field Team Manager for trainings on implementation of Health Care Waste Management (HCWM). She has good experience in development of education materials on biomedical waste management in Hindi and English language.

She is IGNOU course content writer for Certificate Course in Solid Waste Management. She has good experience in development of education materials on biomedical waste management in Hindi and English language.
Ms. Divya is based at CEE Delhi and could be contacted at: divya.pant@ceeindia.org

 

 
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