March 2, 2023
On February 19, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah to provide grant aid of up to 1,006 million yen for the Project for the Improvement of Infectious Waste Management.
In recent years, with the spread and prolongation of COVID-19 infections worldwide, the amount of infectious waste generated in Palestine has continued to increase. Moreover, the burden of the collection, transportation, sterilization, and final disposal of such waste placed upon the Joint Service Council, which provides waste management services, has rapidly increased.
This project therefore aims to strengthen the infectious waste management system in the West Bank. It will do so by providing the necessary equipment for the sterilization, collection, transportation, and final disposal of infectious waste, thereby contributing to preventing the risk of waste-derived infections.
This project will also contribute to the achievement of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Goals 3 (Good health and well-being) and 11 (Sustainable cities and communities).
Details for the project are provided below.
|Project title||The Project for the Improvement of Infectious Waste Management|
|Planned implementation period||23 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period|
|Executing agency||Ministry of Local Government, Joint Service Councils|
|Target region, facilities||West Bank|
|Specific project details (provisional)||1. Equipment procurement
Two microwave treatment units, waste collection and transportation equipment, equipment for final disposal site development, and approx. 4,000 containers for waste separation, collection, and discharge.
2. Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction/procurement supervision (as guidance in managing the facilities), support for activities related to separation, discharge, and storage at medical facilities, support for preparation of manuals for collection and transportation of infectious waste, support for appropriate disposal of infectious waste after treatment, and technical support for operation and maintenance of equipment, etc.