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The objective of this Short Communication is to promulgate an inventory of 87 papers pertaining to health care waste management practices and challenges in 40 low and middle income countries worldwide amassed through a multi‐language systematic review. Herein, we discuss the major gaps, failures, and frequently reported themes by geographic region. Following this we outline a proposed research agenda moving forward, and conclude that greater research and attention towards these unintended consequences of technologic progress in medical care delivery is needed to address and understand this growing public health threat around the world.

Keywords: Urbanización y salud; déchets des soins de santé; evaluación de sistema sanitario; health care waste; health system evaluation; residuos sanitarios; risk factor surveillance; surveillance des facteurs de risque; urbanisation et santé; urbanization and health; vigilancia de factores de riesgo; évaluation du système de santé

Language: English

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1:  Graduate Program in Public Health Studies, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA 2:  Departments of Medicine, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA 3:  Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, USA

Publication date: 2009-11-01

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