Many thanks to Ashley Iwanaga for sending in the latest UNDP GEF Healthcare Waste Management Project report. Dear Colleagues, The UNDP GEF Project on Healthcare Waste Management is excited to share its first Project Update report (in English, French, and Spanish). The goal of the project is to demonstrate best environmental practices and best available techniques for healthcare waste to avoid dioxin and mercury releases in eight countries: Argentina, India, Latvia, Lebanon, Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam. The project facilitates the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Since its beginning in August 2008, the project has accomplished multiple national and global activities. The attached report highlights the project's progress and achievements. For more information about the project, please visit our website at http://www.gefmedwaste.org. Dr. Jorge Emmanuel, Chief Technical Advisor Ashley Iwanaga, MPH, Global Technical Coordinator ##text## ##text## ##text## The document is available in [i]English,French, and Spanish.