With the beginning of the new year, let us reflect on the progress and direction of the Monitoring for Safe Water (MfSW) program. In 2013, Aquaya formalized partnerships with 23 institutions across six countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia. These partnerships include 118 water distribution networks and 343 rural health districts, serving over 42 million people, (summarized in the table below).
2014 is an exciting year for MfSW, as partners initiate and continue drinking water quality testing. Over 60% of partners have commenced water quality testing under the program to date. Some of the remaining partners are facing barriers procuring equipment and organizing trainings, though we anticipate all partners will be testing in the next couple of months. Once testing commences, water quality testing reports are sent to Aquaya monthly for verification. The collation of this water quality testing data will result in one of the largest datasets on drinking water quality in sub-Saharan Africa, with approximately 65, 000 test results anticipated by the end 2014.