Properly disposing of medical waste in northern Syria is a detrimental issue, as it is to any society. Medical waste has been thrown with non-infectious household waste into dumps without any precautions. The environment has been contaminated, often leading to infections and fatalities of people living in the area.
At the start of July 2019, Syria Relief & Development created an infection and control project. During its first six months, several infection control workers were trained in different health centers and hospitals. In February 2020, a medical waste incinerator opened in Darat Azza, away from residential areas.
Medical waste is now transported from the hospitals that serve the incinerator on a semi-weekly basis via a closed vehicle. After collecting, sorting, and transporting the waste, water filtration is used to get rid of any damage spread through the fumes. In the end, the harmless ashes are thrown into a special pit.
With the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, several new isolation centers were added to the project. More than 5,000 kg of infectious medical waste has been disposed of, contributing to a reduction in the spread of infection among the people of northern Syria.