United Nations Development Programme Country Office – Kyrgyzstan – Protect human health and the environment from unintentional releases of POPs and mercury from the unsound disposal of healthcare waste in Kyrgyzstan

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Project at-a-glance
Project Name Protect human health and the environment from unintentional releases of POPs and mercury from the unsound disposal of healthcare waste in Kyrgyzstan
Project Number 5155
Sector/Subsector Energy and Environment
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Project Opening Date 01 Jul 2014
Project Closing Date 31 Jul 2017
Responsible Institution
Responsible International Financial Institution Global Environment Facility Fund
Responsible Executive Agencies

UNDP, The Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, the State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic

Strategic Agenda

Scalable initiatives on sustainable productive capacities – Effective maintenance and protection of natural capital.


The objective of the project is to implement and adopt Best Environmental Practices (BEP) and Best Available Technologies (BAT) in healthcare facilities throughout the City of Bishkek to improve the management, treatment, and disposal of healthcare waste, as well as support a number of rural health posts (~ 100) in Chui and Issykul Oblast. The project will assist Kyrgyzstan in meeting its obligations under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) by adopting environmentally friendly treatment options for healthcare waste, which will lead to a reducing in UPOPs emissions controlled under the Convention (currently unintentionally POPs (UPOPs) are produced when healthcare waste are incinerated or burned in the open). Another project objective is to reduce mercury releases from the health sector (generally caused by the breakage of Mercury containing thermometers), by supporting the phase out of Mercury containing medical equipment and the introduction of Mercury-free alternatives. This activity will assist Kyrgyzstan in meeting its obligations to the Minamata Convention on Mercury once it enters into force. Besides reducing releases of UPOP and Mercury, the project has many socio-economic benefits. Improved management of healthcare wastes in and outside of hospitals, generally leads to a reduction in occupational exposure of healthcare staff to pathogens, reduces the occurrence of nosocomial infections (hospital acquired infections) which jeopardizes the health of patients and their visitors, and reduces exposure of waste handlers, recyclers, waste-pickets, etc. who face hazardous working conditions when in contact with infectious and toxic healthcare waste. Communities living close to waste disposal sites (municipal waste dumps and landfills) or incinerators will also benefit.

The project consists of four main components: Component 1: Strengthening of the National Regulatory and Policy Framework for Health Care Waste Management Component 2: Implementation of Best Available Technologies (BAT), Best Environmental Practices (BEP) for HCWM Systems. Component 3: Implement Mercury Waste Management and Reduction Activities for the City of Bishkek. Component 4: Monitoring, Adaptive Feedback, Outreach and Evaluation.

Source of Funding
  • GEF
  • MOH
  • Swiss Red Cross
  • Global fund
Amount of Funding


Project Outcome

Conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity as well as creation of employment and livelihoods. Assistance for integrated water resources management and efficient use of water, efforts to protect and restore the health, productivity and resilience of oceans and marine ecosystems, sustainable land management and restoration of degraded land, and management of chemicals and waste.

Contact Information of International Financial Institution
Organization/Department Global Environment Facility Fund
Name Evelyn Swain
Country Kyrgyz Republic




Contact Information of Project Implementer
Organization/Department State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry
Name Sabir Atadjanov
Address 228 Toktogul, Bishkek
Postal Code 720001
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Phone +996 (312) 352 727, +996 (312) 353 095