Since March 2007 SWAP’s research department has been engaged in various studies and researches on public health in collaboration with CDC- Atlanta amongst other partners. The researches have been conducted in various districts in Western & Nyanza Province. The main aim of the research department has been to evaluate the health and economic impact of SWAP’s interventions. The department has an efficient pool of researchers that have technical expertise and experience in conducting baselines, surveillance and feasibility studies. Through partnership and collaboration with various organizations SWAP has presented research findings in various international conferences, journals and publications. These findings have been instrumental in informing policies and implementation models world wide. Internally, the research department has been instrumental in modeling of implementation and evaluation of intervention impact. Research findings have been disseminated to the SWAP staff and the beneficiary communities through a community feedback mechanism and thus SWAP projects and interventions have been continuously adjusted to keep up with the changing trends and community needs.
Swap laboratory SWAP has an internal research Lab where field samples particularly house hold water samples can be analyzed for different surveillance studies. The lab acts as quality assurance center for different studies where samples that need to be analyzed at various CDC/Kemri Laboratories are first checked and coded. SWAP Lab has capacity to analyze 90 water samples in different house hold and more in one day using IDEXX Quanti-Tray and membrane method. The Quanti-Tray/2000 provides easy, rapid and accurate counts of coliforms, E. coli and enterococci. The IDEXX Quanti-Tray and Quanti-Tray/2000 are semi-automated quantification methods based on the Standard Methods Most Probable Number (MPN) model. Total hands-on time is less than one minute per test. Quanti-Tray® & Quanti-Tray®/2000 are easy, rapid and accurate. SWAP can also conduct membrane technology for bacteria identification, measure turbidity, Ph and TDS for water samples.