News - Mar 29, 2024 Timor Leste MoH delivers National Healthcare Waste Management Training

The SPREP implemented and EU-funded PacWaste Plus programme at the request of the Ministry of Health in Timor Leste, developed and delivered Healthcare Waste Management Training for hospital staff throughout the country.


The training was designed for those who are responsible for implementing both the waste management strategy and conducting the education program.  The day-long training covered seven modules and provided holistic training on issues of waste management from healthcare facilities.



Sixteen  Ministry staff graduated from the training and are now able to conduct future training sessions for hospital personnel as required.

With PacWaste Plus support, the Ministry trainees delivered the course to over 150 staff at the Guido Valadares National Hospital, Maliana Referral Hospital, Suai Referral Hospital, and Maubisse Referral Hospitals.



The training participants expressed appreciation for the delivery of the training of trainers structured course which would enable them to share knowledge and learnings across the referral hospitals once the trained officers return to their respective areas of operation.


“This training was valuable as we learned of important aspects of healthcare waste like the need for proper management and safe disposal of medical waste generated in our hospitals,” said a participant of the training.

“We now feel empowered to share this knowledge gained on improving safe disposal of our medical waste with our colleagues back in the referral hospitals so they can put into practice what we have learned,” said another training participant.


The programme will continue to work with MoH to help improve healthcare waste management in Timor Leste and assist in capacity development opportunities.