Sekota Woreda, Waghimra zone in Amhara region – Ethiopia, Waghimra, is affected by drought and conflict leading to crop losses, food insecurity, diarrheal disease, and high rates of malnutrition. Hundreds of motorized pumping systems in the region are out of order due to lack of fuel, damage, or looting. The situation is particularly dire in sites for internally displaced people.
In Kenya, the drought continues to exacerbate existing vulnerabilities. According to a June 2022 survey, 64.4% of West-Pokot’s population fetches water from unprotected sources, with only 10% treating their drinking water before consumption, exposing them to the risks of water-borne diseases.
In both countries, rapid bacteriological testing is crucial.
Bacteriological testing is crucial to understand the risk of exposure to contaminated sources, plan for corrective measures, and involve local communities in water point maintenance.
This test kit has the potential to enable anyone to conduct a test in any location, independent of resource availability.
By field testing WaterScope, this project aims to gather data on:
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