The Water Lab was established in 2007 to support research testing WASH products, technologies and innovations in communities, health care facilities and learning institutions. The lab is used for water quality monitoring including bacteriological and chemical analysis. For the bacteriological analysis we use membrane filtration and IDEXX Colilert and Quanti-Tray Test Method for the Detection of Fecal Coliforms in Wastewater. For chemical analysis we use the spectrophotometer DR 1900, which can test up to 25 different parameters and can analyze over 220 pre-programmed test-method. SWAP in 2020 received training and support from CDC to produce, distribute and monitor Alcohol Based Hand Rub (ABHR) to public health care facilities and community hot spots. We received KEBS approval who continued to provide external quality control. In 2021 Washington State University continued with the continuation of the production, distribution and monitoring of ABHR and in addition the production of Liquid soap for hand hygiene. This was also approved by KEBS. Both products are also sold by SWAP through social marketing and to stakeholders. Wastewater based COVID-19 epidemiological research was started in 2022 in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Walter Reed using PCR testing kit. This helped with the projections and modeling of COVID-19. Other technologies being tested are the hypochlorite generators, which produce 0.5% sodium hypochlorite solution used for infection prevention and control. Another technology tested is the Solar Soaker used for laundry using solar energy. The lab is a learning hub for local and international students. Our laboratory staff are highly skilled and can offer capacity building on the various technologies’ country wide. Our aim is to turn this into a sustainable lab and is open for walk-ins, stakeholders and research institutions.
A second laboratory was opened in 2017 to support multiyear research on neglected tropical diseases such as schistosomiasis mansoni, haematobium and soil transmitted helminths. The team collect urine, stool and blood samples from targeted vulnerable populations at the community. Microscopy is done by a team of laboratory technicians to diagnose for positive cases. Positive cases are treated using Praziquantel and deworming tablets.