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Research and Advocacy

Toxics Link endeavours to promote toxics-free healthcare by spreading awareness among the healthcare staff and the general public through workshops, training and media advocacy in various states across the country. The main focus of these programmes is to bring the issue of mismanagement in handling biomedical waste and help sensitise healthcare staff to minimise its generation and be responsible in its safe disposal, and also strengthen compliance of state-level regulations governing medical waste.

Documentaries/films on biomedical waste management, pamphlets/posters and manuals on safe handling of biomedical waste, etc. are provided to the trainees to further enhance their awareness. Training programmes with the active participation of the healthcare staff and regulatory authorities such as pollution control boards, health departments, municipal corporations, etc. are organised at various places to build capacity of handlers on the threats posed by biomedical waste and the importance of its effective management. People from different strata -- doctors, medical officers, nursing and paramedical staff and the administrative staff-- are put together on a common platform to discuss the problems and solutions. Negotiations are conducted at the regulators’ level to introduce necessary changes required for successful implementation of biomedical waste management.

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