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Using an integrated approach of rapid microbial detection technology and community education to reduce waterborne illness in Dar es Salaam Tanzania

EPA Grant Number: SU834299
Title: Using an integrated approach of rapid microbial detection technology and community education to reduce waterborne illness in Dar es Salaam Tanzania
Investigators: Jay, Jennifer , Boehm, Alexandria , Lee, Christine , Mika, Kathryn
Institution: University of California - Los Angeles
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: August 15, 2009 through August 14, 2010
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2009)
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development

Description:

Objective:

Summary:

Our objective is to use rapid detection methods and community education to promote better health and hygiene practices that will ultimately reduce waterborne illnesses in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania target population.

Approach:

We rapidly quantify bacterial contamination on hands and water storage units before/after sanitation or treatment practices with community members and use this immediate knowledge to promote better hygiene (e.g. hand-washing with alcohol-based sanitizers). These measurements will be conducted during sanitation workshops that are organized by our collaborators.

Expected Results:

We hypothesize that the community members will feel more empowered and connected to their behavior as it relates to health when the results are near real-time in comparison to traditional, culture-based assays that require a minimum turnaround time of 24 hours.

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