23 July, 2024

Regional Centre



Certificate in Health Care Waste Management (CHCWM)

Minimum Duration: 6 Months
Maximum Duration: 2 Years
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


Doctors, Nurses, other Professional Workers with a minimum of 10 + 2 Qualification

The concern for bio-medical waste management has been felt globally with the rise in deadly infections such as AIDS and Hepatitis – B and indiscriminate disposal of health care waste. The United Nations through Basal Convention have classified health care waste (HCW) to be the second most hazardous waste, after radioactive waste.The main bottleneck to sound health care waste management programme is lack of training and appropriate skills, insufficient resource allocation and lack of adequate equipment.

The need to educate different health care professionals/workers, NGO's and other stake holders was realised. To cater the needs of these health care professionals, IGNOU and WHO SEARO decided to develop and launch a certificate programme in health care waste management, in the South East Asia Region Countries. The Programme will be of 6 month duration, through open & distance learning and will be launched in July 2005.

The Certificate Programme has been developed to create basic awareness about health care waste management practices and equip the learners with enough skills for effectively managing health care waste and safe guard themselves and the community against adverse health impact of health care waste.

The broad Objectives of the programme are to:

  • Sensitise the learners about health care waste and its impact on health and environment.
  •  Acquaint the learner group to existing legislation, knowledge and practices regarding health care waste Management practices in South East Asia Region countries.
  • Impart knowledge on the systems and technologies in health care waste management and their practical aspects.

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