1. Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Govt of India
  2. Central Pollution Control Board
  3. Waste and Resource Management (WaRM) group of Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
  4. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, (MoHFW) Govt of India
  5. World Health Organisation (WHO)
  6. UNDP- GEF – Global Healthcare Waste Project –India
  7. Health Care Waste Management (HCWM) Cell, Dept of Community Medicine, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College (MSRMC)
  8. Toxics link
  9. Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management
  10. National Solid Waste Association of India (NSWAI)
  11. Indira Gandhi National Open University

 

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07. __Health Care Waste Management (HCWM) Cell, Dept of Community Medicine, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College (MSRMC)

HCWM Cell of MSRMC was established in 1997 after initial exploratory study on status of biomedical waste management in Bangalore city by a group of like minded professionals supported by Dept. of Environment, Government of Karnataka. Although formally established in 1997, HCWM Cell had opportunities to work in the area of Health care waste management since 1995 December with the main activities comprising of research, training & capacity building, advocacy and system development for BMWM. With humble beginning of designing and executing training programmes for health care personnel in Bangalore, Karnataka and subsequently in the other states of the country, HCWM cell is now providing training to countries of South East Asia Region in collaboration with WHO SEARO, and functions as a WHO Regional Training Institute on Health care Waste Management.

HCWM Cell is a founding member of Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management and undertakes technical work of journal of Indian Society of Hospital Management. The Cell collaborates with Government of Karnataka, Government of India, WASTE – Netherlands, WHO SEARO, GTZ, Hospitals and various NGOs like CEE towards effective management of biomedical waste. It has supported BMWM related work in tsunami affected areas in Banda Aceh, Indonesia in collaboration with WHO SEARO, designed HCWM National plan for Papua New Guinea with the support of WHO WPRO and undertaken other similar activities for BWWM in the tsunami affected areas of Srilanka in collaboration with WASTE – Netherlands. The HCWM Cell is now acting as the national implementation body for the implementation of the “GEF/UNIDO/GOI/MSRMC Environmentally Sound Medical Waste Project” which will be implemented in the 5 states of Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa and Punjab.  The 5 year project is developed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of India and aims to reduce Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), especially dioxins and furans that are generated when bio-medical waste is not incinerated at the prescribed high temperatures of over 1000 degrees Celsius.

 

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