Pathogenic bacteria assessment of sachet water sold at the streets of Ghana

In collaboration with; Evans Afriyie-Gyawu (Georgia Southern University)

“Sachet water” is the main drinking water source commercially available in Ghana. This summer, MPH second year student Christina Beslin conducted a study at 6 locations in Ghana to assess the water quality of these water bags. These samples will further be analyzed to investigate the pathogens in these waters as well as the sources of bacterial pollution. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction method will be used to quantify these pathogens and identify these sources.

Occurrence of waterborne pathogens and microbial risk assessment of contacting river waters in Haiti

Surface waters, particularly rivers are the main source of water for people living in the remote areas of Haiti. This summer, doctoral candidate Val Reagon has conducted a study at a rural village in Haiti to assess the microbial quality of the river water. This river has been the only source for people to wash their dishes, bathing, or preparing food. These samples will further be analyzed to investigate the microbial diversity in these waters as well as pathogen quantity and the sources of pollution.

International Collaboration for Sewage (Co-director) (2009-present)

Other board members: Joan B. Rose (Michigan State University), Warish Ahmed (CSIRO Land and Water Water for a Healthy Country Flagship), Andreas Farnleitner (Vienna University of Technology), Huw Taylor (University of Brighton), Yoshifumi Masago (Tohoku University)

A total of 46 laboratories from 29 different countries are a part of this initiative.

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Click here to see more information on IC-SewageThe overall mission of the IC-Sewage is to advance our understanding of the impact of wastewater on water quality and health worldwide and to set the stage to meet and document improved sanitation, sewerage, and wastewater treatment for the global community.

As a part of this collaboration, the group is working on developing and demonstrating how new genomics tools such as microbial source tracking methodologies can be used to characterize and quantify human fecal pollution in water in order to advance understanding of the impacts of wastewater and sanitation on human health.