Improper management of waste generated in health care facilities directly impacts the health of nearby communities and also threatens the environment. In Kyrgyzstan, there are a large number of health care and research facilities as well as laboratories that handle and produce hazardous wastes with different health and proliferation risks (injuries, infections, exposure to radiation and mercury). This waste is a direct risk to hospital employees, people living near communal waste dumps, and scavengers. In conjunction with a poor healthcare system, there is also an increased epidemic risk, making the problem a global one.
Through innovative financial replication mechanisms, Green Cross funding can introduce major improvements to the country’s medical waste management system. The City Women’s Hospital in Bishkek has made a formal commitment to use savings from its substitution of traditional sterilisation methods by autoclaving to fund an autoclave at another Kyrgyz healthcare institution.