Bangladesh, Aug. 10 -- The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday launched a new project to address the unprecedented rise in infectious health care waste caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that is overwhelming waste treatment facilities.

The project will support the national health agencies and other key stakeholders in Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives.

The two-year $11 million 'Project for the Improvement of Infectious Waste Management' was officially launched at a signing ceremony in New York City, said the UN agency.

Ambassador Takeshi Osuga, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations and Kanni Wignaraja, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau fo...