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Medical Incineration in Africa

Posted on the 03 December 2020 by Inciner8 @inciner8ltd
Medical Incineration in Africa

Our range of incinerators are being used across West Africa by charities, aid agencies and healthcare professionals to provide a bio-secure method of waste disposal in medical settings.

From pop-up medical clinics requiring mobile incinerators, through to large hospitals in need of a permanent waste management solution, we've established ourselves as the go-to partner for safe and efficient incinerator products to combat a variety of medical needs.

Africa's Challenges

Countries across Africa are often subject to conflict and disease outbreak, not to mention the third-world conditions millions of the population live in every single day. Refugee camps, war-torn cities and communities hit by deadly viruses require world-leading expertise to mitigate these tragic scenarios and protect individuals from further harm.

A large problem that many of the charities and NGOs we work with encounter across Africa is a huge accumulation of waste which is often infected and biohazardous. If not stored, treated and destroyed appropriately, people already living in devastating circumstances are put at extra risk. Incineration offers a safe and efficient solution to this problem and can also be used as a tool for Waste to Energy for remote locations.

Inciner8's Experience in Africa

Our range of medical incinerators are designed to cater for the economic needs of small clinics to the more demanding and specialised requirements of large hospitals in their waste management processes. Our machines can be made fully automated reducing staff exposure to waste and maximising efficiency.

In the last two years, we've sold more than 75 incinerators into Africa. In 2020 alone, we've also supplied 11 x i8-140 incinerators to the WHO as part of their medical waste programme and another 3 x i8-M70 medical units for new hospitals in Zambia. Additionally, we've completed the delivery of 20 incinerator units for the United Nations, to aid vulnerable communities in Sudan to destroy COVID-19-infected waste as the pandemic has raged through the area of Abyei.

Medical Incineration in Africa
An Inciner8 Medical Incinerator being transported to the customer.

Our products are designed to suit multiple needs and applications, and are particularly successful in destroying the following waste produced in the following settings:


  • Hospitals
  • Small to medium medical clinics
  • Refugee camps
  • Communities affected by disease outbreak

Additionally, the following waste streams can be effectively destroyed using our medical-grade incinerators:

General Waste

Animal Waste

  • Fallen livestock
  • Animal by-product
  • Poultry, pig, sheep, and cattle waste
  • Carcasses, faeces and other hazardous animal products

Air Freighted Emergency Medical Incinerator Orders

Large scale orders being shipped across the world can take weeks to complete and deliver. However, in emergency situations - such as those we see regularly across Africa - we are able to air freight solutions to ensure medical settings are armed with the tools they need to safely combat hazardous medical waste.

Recently, we completed an air-freighted incinerator system in record time, to help United Arab Emirates hospitals to manage Coronavirus-infected waste. We created a bespoke logistics solution with Etihad Aviation Group to meet the request for four high capacity medical burners, which the client said had to be delivered in under a fortnight. Additionally, the incinerators had to be capable of burning up to 1,000 kilos of waste an hour, for ten hours a day.

Many of our medical incinerators can be adapted to include plug and play technology which means teams across the world can use our specially developed range of video tutorials to install them safely on site. We work closely with logistics experts to ensure our medical incinerators are correctly packaged and shipped so that they reach communities in full working order. Additionally, we implement remote monitoring systems so that our engineers based in the UK can continue to assess the quality and efficiency of our products around the world. This allows us to offer immediate support should a mechanical or operational issue be flagged.

Africa Case Studies

Inciner8's products have been specially designed to help mitigate any level of disease outbreak and have played a crucial role in protecting communities from COVID-19, Ebola, SARS and more.

Ebola Outbreak

Poor management of waste products resulting from an outbreak of Ebola can lead to further spread of the disease. Land and water can also become infected, eventually becoming present in the food and drink that communities eat. As such, it's essential that countries affected by an Ebola outbreak take steps to prevent its spread immediately, and effectively destroy any infected materials to protect others.

When Ebola originally broke out in Liberia in 2014, we received orders from UNICEF and The Red Cross for our large-scale medical burners for use across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

We donated three burners and manufactured 130 more, training aid staff at our HQ in Southport on how to use them effectively, before every unit was shipped. This whole process was completed, from start to finish within three weeks. Advanced AI technologies and remote support functions integrated allows our engineers to pre-programme their necessary combustion conditions.

Feedback from our customers across these regions stated that without our speedy response to their needs, the disease would've spread much more quickly and infected - or potentially killed - thousands more people.


The prevention of HIV in the poorest regions of Africa has been an ongoing issue for decades and the United Nations has always been at the forefront of providing solutions to prevent the spread of disease, and correctly dispose of contaminated waste.

In 2017, we were appointed by the United Nations to supply a new waste management facility for the Ministry of Health and Childcare in Zimbabwe to combat this issue. Two high capacity i8-M250 Medical Incinerators were installed at sites in Harare and Bulawayo to help eradicate this harrowing disease.

The i8-250 allows operators to destroy contaminated waste on-site which removes the risk of the disease spreading. It destroys the materials at high enough temperatures to leave only a sterile ash residue, which is safe to dispose of.

Using our dealer network across Africa and our team of engineers working in Nigeria and Kenya, we can quickly implement incinerator solutions to help communities fighting tragic diseases in very difficult conditions and circumstances.

Inciner8 offers a full range of incinerators, designed to provide efficient waste destruction throughout the medical waste incineration process. Utilising the best available technologies and wide range of optional gas cleaning system, our solutions are also designed to meet the specific guidelines of the country they are deployed.

Get in touch today to find out more about our medical incinerators.

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