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Healthy Hospitals Cameroon

Healthy Hospitals Cameroon was founded in 2017 to build a medical waste incinerator for the Deido District Hospital in Douala, Cameroon.

Safe disposal of medical waste is essential to preventing the spread of disease, especially at critical healthcare facilities such as hospitals and primary care centers. Medical waste incinerators are a cheap, reliable, and maintainable solution to medical waste disposal in low-income areas. Concordia Humana is raising funds to build an incinerator at the Deido District Hospital (HD Deido), a 60-bed hospital seeing about 100 patients per day in Douala, Cameroon.

In addition to its own medical waste, HD Deido regularly receives medical waste for disposal from about 15 different health facilities in the area, amounting to an annual average of 4,000 safety boxes containing sharp and contaminated materials. Currently, medical waste is half-incinerated and buried, which leaves workers at risk of injury and infection. A fully functional incinerator would greatly decrease this risk, as well as allow HD Deido to dispose of medical waste from even more healthcare facilities.

Chief Operations Officer Peter Beaucage and CEO Danny Sexton traveled to Douala, Cameroon in February 2018 to survey the incineration area at HD Deido as well as other health facilities in the area and to explore possible solutions and partnerships for the problem. You can read about their trip here, and can view their list of proposed recommendations to be sent to the Regional Delegation of the Bureau of Hygiene (in English, though the final document is in French) here. The official trip report is available here. Once the details of the solution are concluded, we will post an update with the project budget.

For more information on the project, visit the project blog or contact Peter Beaucage at info@concordiahumana.org.

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