Why it matters
With limited insights on what pathogens are circulating and where, policymakers are forced to make decisions with a partial picture of community health. Continuous monitoring of wastewater, complemented by other data sources, will give clarity to on ongoing and impending threats, resulting in more effective interventions.
- In the world’s largest refugee community, open sewage that runs between homes in shallow trenches overflows with frequent flooding. Yet no one knows what types of pathogens are present. That's about to change.
- A partnership is supplying Tribal communities with the tools and skills needed to identify harmful pathogens in wastewater, empowering them with health insights that go beyond Covid-19.
- The Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute (PPI) is supporting Yakubu and Dr. Moe in their work in Accra, Ghana, to bring wastewater monitoring for multiple pathogens to a complex environment with a large number of onsite sanitation systems and very few connected sewage systems.
Transforming Disease Detection Through Wastewater SurveillanceIn fall 2021, The Rockefeller Foundation convened the Wastewater Action Group to share best practices and overcome barriers to translating wastewater data into public health action.Download PDF
The Role of Wastewater Data in Pandemic ManagementSince the Covid-19 pandemic began, hundreds of communities have begun monitoring their wastewater for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Wastewater surveillance offers unique advantages over traditional disease surveillance. Because the data are inherently collected at a community level, they provide broad population coverage in a cost-effective manner, with one sample representing the infections of hundreds, or even millions of residents.Download PDF