USAID (US Agency for International Development) ploughs $6 million into African injection safety:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded $6m for projects to improve medical injection safety in six African countries. The aim of the funding, part of the US government's $15bn Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is to reduce the transmission of HIV - and other blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis B and C - associated with "unsafe and sometimes unnecessary medical injections". The re-use of syringes and needles without sterilisation is at the heart of the problem, says USAID. The projects planned for Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia range from supply logistics management to healthcare waste disposal. More than 16 billion medical injections a year are administered in developing countries, the World Health Organization estimates.