Collected Mercury containing devices at Sinza hospital, stored in secured room, with limited access to unauthorized persons.

Mercury is highly toxic and can cause adverse health effects if inhaled or coming in direct contact with living organisms. Spilled Mercury if not properly cared can enter the food chains and ultimately cause harm to human health leading to diseases such as cancer

Considering these detrimental health risks, UNDP Tanzania with support from GEF in collaboration with UNDP Regional Hub, Istanbul, Turkey and the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, is implementing a 4 years project on “Reducing Unintended Persistent Organic Pollutants (UPOPs) and Mercury Releases from the Health Sector in Africa 

A Nurse at Sinza hospital using digital thermometer and Sphygmomanometer provided by UNDP to measure a patient blood pressure

The project aims at phasing out mercury containing devices in five hospitals of Dar es Salaam; Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), Mwananyamala Regional Referral Hospital, Sinza Hospital, Mbagala Rangitatu Hospital, and Buguruni Anglican Hospistal. The project supported the five hospitals to replace thermometers and sphygmomanometer with non-Mercury containing thermometers and sphygmomanometer. In 2019, the project plans to scale up in other health care facilities across the country.

For more information please contact

Bwijo A. Bwijo; Practice Specialist HIV/AIDS

United Nations Development Programme

Tell: +255 22 2195135; Mobile: +255 689 113 116

Dar es salaam, Tanzania

bwijo.bwijo@undp.org

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