The COVID-19 pandemic has put pressure on Kazakhstan’s healthcare system and highlighted the importance of properly managing hazardous medical waste.

To protect the public, ADB and UNDP are working together to minimize the risks of improper medical waste disposal which will help contain the spread of the virus.

The joint project will help develop better standards for disposing of COVID-19 medical waste, create an effective medical waste treatment database, and help train health workers—to keep them and others safe.

ADB earlier approved a $1 billion package to support the government’s health, social, and economic response, and a $1 million grant to provide personal protective equipment for frontline health workers.

ADB will continue to work with the government and development partners to mitigate the pandemic’s impact.