Aquatest 2: Delivering a low-cost water test for developing countries
- Funder: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Project Director: Stephen Gundry
- Lead applicant for the School for Policy Studies: Dr Patricia Lucas
- Co-researchers: Professor Dave Gordon, Dr Christie Cabral, Alan Emond (Community Based Medicine)
- Full list of participating organisations within the Aquatest consortium
- Dates: September 2007 - August 2011
- Research centre: Centre for Research in Health and Social Care and Study of Poverty and Social Justice
The School for Policy Studies has had a pivotal role in securing an award of $13.1m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a clean-water test for use in developing countries. Patricia Lucas, Dave Gordon, Christie Cabral & Alan Emond (of Community Based Medicine) are working with an international consortium led by Dr Stephen Gundry to develop Aquatest, a low-cost, easy-to-use device giving a clear reliable indication of water quality. In partnership with the World Health Organisation, the Aquaya Institute and researchers from the University of California Berkeley, they will be examining the impact on health, behaviour and water management activity in communities in India and Southern Africa, where the device is trialed and developing an action plan to support and promote uptake.
Further details on the project and project partners are available on the Aquatest project website.