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EPA Grant Number: SU834299
Title: Using and Integrated Approach of Rapid Microbial Detection Technology and Community Education to Reduce Waterborne Illness in Dar es Salaam Tanzania

University of California - Los Angeles students are developing a portable rapid detection method for pathogens and pathogen indicators for use in communities that lack access to a safe and clean water supply. The contamination in water supplies will be measured by immunomagnetic separation and ATP quantification, while the visual results will be used as a basis for educating community members on hygiene practices; these changes in behavior will be subsequently assessed by distributing health surveys.

Challenge Area(s): Water

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