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FSM Toolbox

CL Moe

4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (February 2017) – Workshop

During FSM4, Dr. Moe helped lead a workshop on the FSM Toolbox project, which highlighted the tools available for key players who are involved in community fecal sludge management. Not only did this workshop point out helpful tools, but also shared information about their one-stop database and “standardized framework for ‘effective implementation’ of FSM projects.”

Exposure to Fecal Contamination in 3 Low-Income Urban Settings: Results from the SaniPath Tool

S Raj, Y Wang, K Robb, H Yakubu, D Berendes, N Wellington, J Ampofo, G Kang, S Roy, A Kartikieyan, J Brown, N Lazaro, B Muneme, I VanHaren, A Kirby, CL Moe

4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (February 2017)

Suraja Raj presented the results from an in-depth two-year investigation of the implementation of the SaniPath tool in Accra, Ghana; Vellore, India; and Maputo, Mozambique, at the FSM4 conference. The main finding from each deployment is that the SaniPath tool can effectively determine the level of risk that each pathway for fecal contamination presents to neighborhood residents, and the proportion of residents that are at risk.   READ MORE

Assessment of Public Health Risks from Unsafe Fecal Sludge Management in Accra, Ghana

H Yakubu, D Berendes, K Robb, A Kirby, Y Wang, J Michiel, B Doe, S Raj, J Ampofo, CL Moe

4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (February 2017)

Habib Yukubu shared the results of a deployment of the SaniPath tool in Accra, Ghana during the 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference. The purpose of the study was to evaluate whether the tool could be used to characterize city level exposure to fecal contamination using a subset of representative neighborhoods with varying sanitation coverage, population density, and socioeconomic status. Yukubu and his colleagues found that the SaniPath could be a useful tool to determine which exposure pathway presents the greatest risk of exposure to fecal contamination and whether that risk differed between neighborhoods.READ MORE

Urban Risk Factors Associated With Enteric Infection in Children: The Role of Toilets, FSM, and Flooding In A Low-Income Neighborhood of Vellore, India

D Berendes, J Leon, A Kirby, J Clennon, S Raj, H Yakubu, K Robb, A Kartikeyan, P Hemavathy, A Gunasekaran, S Roy, B Ghale, J Kumar, V Mohan, G Kang, CL Moe

4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (February 2017)

During the 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference, David Berendes presented the findings from a study that examined household and neighborhood environmental factors which contribute to pediatric enteric infection risk. The key lessons learned from this study are: it is imperative that homes with tanks that discharge directly to open drains plan for fecal sludge containment during rainy seasons, and that low coverage of household toilets combined with prevalent open drains may increase the risk of enteric infection among children.READ MORE

Quantitative Assessment of Exposure to Fecal Contamination for Young Children in a Crowded, Low-Income Urban Environment in the SaniPath Study of Accra, Ghana

Y Wang, CL Moe, C Null, S Raj, K Baker, K Robb, H Yakubu, J Ampofo, N Wellington, M Freeman, G Armah, H Reese, D Peprah, P Teunis

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (November 2016)

Yuke Wang presented a poster that discussed quantitative analysis results related to a SaniPath deployment in low-income urban environments in Accra, Ghana. This presentation included discussions related to the fecal microbe transfer network designed based on structured observations, questionnaires, and environmental samples. The analysis technique allowed for tracking of fecal bacteria from the environment to oral ingestion by utilizing fecal microbe transfer networks and provides insight as to risk of exposure to fecal microbes across various exposure pathways. This presentation was given at the 2016 ASTMH meeting in Atlanta, GA, which brings together professionals interested in tropical medicine and global health.

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