Safe Injections

A global right

Safe Injections

A global right

It has been estimated by WHO that out of the roughly 16 billion medical
injections given globally every year 40% are regarded as unsafe to patients.

It has been estimated by WHO that out of the roughly 16 billion medical injections given globally every year 40% are regarded as unsafe to patients.

Re-use of syringe

By far the most common reason for unsafe injections is the practice of re-using syringes or syringe needles. WHO has issued forceful recommendations to its member countries to advocate the implementation of re-use prevention systems (RUP) for syringes in order to protect patients from blood borne infections caused by multiply used syringes. Some of the most serious chronic viral infections are spread through blood-blood contact and the re-use of syringes carries a significant portion of such infections.

Re-use of syringe

By far the most common reason for unsafe injections is the practice of re-using syringes or syringe needles. WHO has issued forceful recommendations to its member countries to advocate the implementation of re-use prevention systems (RUP) for syringes in order to protect patients from blood borne infections caused by multiply used syringes. Some of the most serious chronic viral infections are spread through blood-blood contact and the re-use of syringes carries a significant portion of such infections.

Of global Hepatitis B incidence
is due to infected needle-stick

All figures are official WHO statistics.

Of global Hepatitis C incidence is
due to infected needle-stick
…………………………………………….

Of global HIV incidence is due to
infected needle-sticks
…………………………………………….

Of global Hepatitis B incidence
is due to infected needle-stick

All figures are official WHO statistics.

Of global Hepatitis C incidence is
due to infected needle-stick
…………………………………………….

Of global HIV incidence is due to
infected needle-sticks
…………………………………………….

Common re-use in India

The practice of re-using syringes is particularly common in low and middle-income countries, notably in India where medical injections are common practice for many mild illnesses where oral drugs are used elsewhere. More than four billion injections take place in India annually.

Furthermore, there are significant second-hand markets for syringes, notably in India and Pakistan and among drug users globally.

Common re-use in India

The practice of re-using syringes is particularly common in low and middle-income countries, notably in India where medical injections are common practice for many mild illnesses where oral drugs are used elsewhere. More than four billion injections take place in India annually.

Furthermore, there are significant second-hand markets for syringes, notably in India and Pakistan and among drug users globally.

UN and WHO initiatives

There is consequently an urgent need to ensure that syringes and needles are discharged after single use. The UN through WHO have taken a number of initiatives to support Re-Use Prevention (RUP) technologies, practices and logistic chains. The development of Auto-Disable Syringes (ADS) stand at the core of this intitiative. WHO has also issued policy papers and guidelines to the aid of individual countries. Please refer to Useful Links for details.

UN and WHO initiatives

There is consequently an urgent need to ensure that syringes and needles are discharged after single use. The UN through WHO have taken a number of initiatives to support Re-Use Prevention (RUP) technologies, practices and logistic chains. The development of Auto-Disable Syringes (ADS) stand at the core of this intitiative. WHO has also issued policy papers and guidelines to the aid of individual countries. Please refer to Useful Links for details.

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