The last blog entry

The aim of the MSQ project is the development and pilot trial of a field test kit for microbial quality control and the detection of human pathogens throughout the treatment process of faecal sludge in urban humanitarian aid settings.

January 2018

In October 2017, the MSQ Project officially ended. However, the whole movement for a field lab for faecal sludge treatment plant monitoring is far from over. The last couple of months were a bit less exciting and spent reporting, collecting, and compiling data. In fact, we are still working on some reports.

As already mentioned above, quiet times are not ahead. A full MSQ field lab has already been ordered by the Austrian Red Cross and is being assembled by Butyl Products. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent family is currently planning and building a field faecal sludge treatment plant within the Bangladesh population movement operation. The lab will be deployed (as soon as assembled) to monitor this plant and possibly other faecal sludge treatment plants in the area. The lab will be staffed by members of the development team.

With the MSQ Field Lab flyer we want to give an overview of the whole field lab. As the first lab is currently being commercially assembled, we can only supply estimated prices for the modules and the whole lab.
We started to consider the field lab as a kind of living organism. We have now completed the first version of the lab. We hope that with increased usage of the lab, feedback will be gathered. This will lead to a continuous improvement process.

As this is the last blog entry for this project, I would personally like to give thanks to several groups of people who made the whole project possible and gave great support during its duration. It is always easy to forget how many people are involved in such a project.

  • Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund
  • Austrian Red Cross – International Cooperation Department
    (Georg Ecker, Magdalena Bäuerl, Christopher Friedrich, Charlotte Strümpel)
  • Waste COOP & Waste, Malawi
    (Jan Spit, Billy Bray, Grover Casilla, Wilfried Maluwa, Madalitso Kanache)
  • University of Malawi, the Polytechnic
    (Elizabeth Tilley)
  • Butyl Products Ltd.
    (Adam Hayes)
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
    (Julia Baumrock, Paul Lackner, Marco Skodak, Elke Marian, Petra Ringel, Werner Fuchs)

For additional information please contact
For quotes and procurement:
Adam Hayes, Butyl Products Senior Engineer
adam@butlyporducts.co.uk

For scientific and any other additional information:
Johannes Bousek, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
johannes.bousek@boku.ac.at

Author: Johannes Bousek, Boku

Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110).

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