POST 00699E : VACCINATION WITH NO SYRINGE BURNED 21 July 2004 _______________________________ Jorge Emmanuel (mailto:email@example.com) is circulating this press release concerning syringe disposal without incineration during a measles follow-up campaign. He is one of the authors of the mentioned report. For those on a slow connection, please note that the full report is particularly heavy. _______________________________ MAJOR LEAP FORWARD IN INTERNATIONAL IMMUNIZATION: MILLIONS VACCINATED WITH NO SYRINGES BURNED New report about safe disposal of syringes to be released at DC meeting of top immunization groups, governments July 8, 2004 -- In a first-of-its-kind demonstration in the world, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) and the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) teamed up to show it is possible to vaccinate millions of children and safely dispose of all the syringes without polluting the air by burning them. The Philippine Follow-up Measles Campaign 2004, conducted during the month of February, provided measles vaccines to about 18 million children in the Philippines, and generated an estimated 19.5 million auto-disable syringes. The used syringes were collected in safety boxes and treated in autoclave or microwave facilities, buried in waste pits or encased in concrete vaults. Needle destruction technologies were also used in some areas. "The Philippine Measles Campaign experience is the largest mass immunization program that handled its medical waste without any incineration or open burning," said Philippine Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit. Due to health and environmental concerns, in 1999 the Philippines became the first country to ban the burning of all waste, including medical waste. It is now the first country to deal with waste from a nationwide vaccination program without resorting to incineration or open burning. A report of the project was presented on July 8 at the Washington DC conference of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), a partnership of governments, vaccine manufacturers, NGOs, research institutes, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank. "Immunization programs are expanding around the world, which is a good thing. But we need to make sure we don't solve one health problem by creating new health problems," said Merci Ferrer, HCWH Asia Coordinator. "Burning medical waste is bad for people. Incineration pollutes the air with dioxin, a known human carcinogen, and other harmful toxins such as mercury and lead. This project proves there are safer ways to handle the waste." This report is timely with the launch of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, which entered into force in May."Under the Stockholm Convention, countries must reduce and ultimately eliminate pollutants such as dioxins, which are formed by burning medical waste," said report author Jorge Emmanuel. The 112-page report, "Waste Management and Disposal During the Philippine Follow-Up Measles Campaign 2004," is available at http://www.noharm.org/pressroom/reports.cfm . Copies can be obtained from Health Care Without Harm, 1755 S. Street, NW, Suite 6B, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 234-0091 or from Firuzeh Mahmoudi at mailto:Firuzeh@hcwh.org . A six-page executive summary is found at http://www.nohamr.org/details.cfm?type=document&ID=925 ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________ Visit the TECHNET21 Website at http://www.technet21.org You will find instructions to subscribe, a direct access to archives, links to reference documents and other features. ______________________________________________________________________________ To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a message to : mailto:LISTSERV@listes.ulaval.ca Leave the subject area BLANK In the message body, write unsubscribe TECHNET21E ______________________________________________________________________________ The World Health Organization and UNICEF support TechNet21. The TechNet21 e-Forum is a communication/information tool for generation of ideas on how to improve immunization services. It is moderated by Claude Letarte and is hosted in cooperation with the Centre de coopÃ©ration internationale en santÃ© et dÃ©veloppement, QuÃ©bec, Canada (http://www.ccisd.org) ______________________________________________________________________________
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