Waste management is often neglected in international development yet the consequences of poor waste management are severe. Open dumping and burning leads to increased respiratory illnesses, insect borne diseases and watery diarrhoea. It is the poorest that bear the heaviest disease burden and for those living in extreme poverty, this can lead to increased mortality.

WasteAid works to raise awareness of the health impacts of poor waste management among donor organisations and the communities we serve. We engage with Health Ministries and local and global healthcare professionals to develop a shared understanding of the public health imperative for waste collection services.

Cross-cutting impact

Sustainable waste management impacts a wide range of development issues. Explore the themes below to gain a greater understanding of how poorly managed waste affects people and planet.