A Selection of Our Recent Accomplishments

 

Improved Management Of Water Resources Of Small Hold Rice Farms In Karonga

Scope: Make farmers aware of the need to use water carefully and responsibly in ways that enable them to use water for agriculture sustainably for the future.

Schedule: April 2017 to March 2020

Budget: £24,000

Client: Balmore Trust through a grant from the Scottish Government

Climate Justice Fund Student Research

Scope: Seven post graduate Faculty of Environmental Sciences student research grants.

Schedule: March 2017 to October 2019

Budget: MK8,964,000

Client: BASEflow through a grant from the Scottish Government

Water and soil quality testing at KELFOODS

Scope: Analyze water and soil samples for baseline environmental monitoring study of poultry and animal feed business operations.

Schedule: January to July 2019

Budget: USD$37,015

Client: CDC Group Plc (UK) and KELFOODS (Malawi)

Community Health Indicators Through Fecal Sludge Research

Scope: Pit latrine resistance testing plus sampling program for human health indicators. Includes export permit for DNA samples from Malawi to USA.

Schedule: August 2017 to March 2019

Budget: USD$9,840

Client: North Carolina State University through a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Girls science day camp

Scope: Hold clinics for 400 local elementary and middle school Mzuzu girls to motivate the girls to stay in school and to make a career in science seem like a fun and possible option.

Schedule: December 2018 to March 2019

Budget: USD$10,000

Client: American Geophysical Union

Cholera Mapping in the Northern Region, Malawi

Scope: Mapping of all cholera cases from the 2017-2018 rainy season within Karonga District.

Schedule: June 2018 to October 2018

Budget: USD$8,500

Client: UNICEF (Malawi)

Assessment of Source and Quality of Drinking Water in Cholera Risk Fishing Villages: A Case Study Of Karonga District

Scope: Drinking water quality of cholera patient households from the 2017-2018 rainy season within Karonga District.

Schedule: June 2018 to November 2018

Budget: MK2,000,000

Client: Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) Research Consortium

Community Health Impact Assessment

Scope: Conduct community health baseline assessment in communities surrounding Tropha Estates Limited operations in Ekwendeni and Rumphi.

Schedule: May 2018 to November 2018

Budget: USD$8,650

Client: CDC Group Plc (UK) and Jacoma Estates Limited (Malawi)

Water and Soil Quality Testing at Kaombe

Scope: Analyze water and soil samples for baseline study from irrigated sugarcane plantation with specific focus on dilution and decay of fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides.

Schedule: May 2018 to October 2018

Budget: USD$15,175

Client: CDC Group Plc (UK) and Cattle Feedlot Company (Malawi)

Assessment of Precast Pit Latrine Slabs in Malawi

Scope: Determine if precast pit latrine concrete slabs from private sector sanitation service providers can withstand emptying operations.

Schedule: January 2018 to July 2018

Budget: €3,250

Client: Stichting IHE Delft through a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Water quality monitoring services

Scope: Develop water quality monitoring plan, conduct baseline water quality analysis and suggest best practices for water abstraction management for the farm

Schedule: May 2017 to February 2018

Budget: USD$9,090

Client: CDC Group Plc (UK) and Jacoma Estates Limited (Malawi)

Water quality testing for Rumphi and Nkhotakota WADA project handpumps

Scope: Water quality test results and analysis for 250 wells, in both rainy and dry season. Covers whether pumps are producing water meeting Malawian Government and WHO guidelines on water quality. It involved

collecting samples and analyzing for total coliform, E. coliand arsenic.

Schedule: December 2016 to February 2018

Budget: USD$101,374 (not including consumable laboratory supplies)

Client: Global Environment & Technology Foundation (USA)

Rural sanitation marketing

Scope: Support sanitation marketing using low-cost technologies initiatives that will improve access to sanitation with a focus on rural areas. In 15 targeted districts, facilitate the process of learning, sharing of information, increase awareness and documentation of sanitation entrepreneurs’ best practices at a district level.

Schedule: December 2013 to June 2018

Budget: MK216,719,985 (cumulative)

Client: UNICEF (Malawi)

Integrated WASH interventions in low income areas in Mzuzu and Karonga project

Scope: Private Sector Sanitation and Hygiene Participation in Mzuzu and Karonga: set up sanitation demonstration centers (model latrines); training in sanitation marketing and UCLTS for extension workers and community-based organizations; and trainings (business and technical training) to entrepreneurs delivering solid and liquid waste removal and deposition services to private and public parties.

Schedule: January 2015 to April 2017

Budget: €69,309

Client: Malawi Red Cross Society (Implementing partner, the Netherlands Red Cross through an award from the European Union)

Research on solutions for pit desludging and subsequent sludge management in low income urban areas in Malawi

Scope: Research team, also involving Master’s and PhD scholarship students, field tested a variety of new, innovative, pit latrine emptying tools.

Schedule: July 2013 to November 2016

Budget: USD$199,000

Client: Water Research Commission (South Africa) through a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

WASH and disability

Scope: In Rumphi district, 15 control villages will receive standard CLTS and different 15 villages received CLTS after training and support in inclusive WASH programming. The project developed tools for assessing WASH access for people with disabilities, documented prevalence and nature of WASH access problems for people with disabilities and provided guidance on potential mitigation strategies.

Schedule: July 2014 to November 2016

Budget: Austrian Dollars $145,200

Client: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom)

Coordination of community of practice thematic discussions

Scope: Coordinated and moderated a joint 6-week WASH thematic discussion on LinkedIn hosted CoP (https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=1238187).

Schedule: August to December 2016

Budget: USD$15,000

Client: UNOPS Geneva/Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

Water quality testing for Rumphi and Nkhotakota Total Landcare WADA project

Scope: Water quality test results and analysis for 347 wells. Covers whether pumps are producing water meeting Malawian Government and WHO guidelines on water quality. It involved collecting and analyzing data on total coliform, E. coli, fluoride and arsenic.

Schedule: August 2013 to August 2014

Budget: USD$51,740 (not including consumable laboratory supplies)

Client: Global Environment & Technology Foundation (USA)

Cost evaluation of rural CLTS and SanMark initiatives in Malawi

Scope: Research in Rumphi district on Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and SanMark lessons-learned and applicability of approaches to achieving results efficiently, particularly from the perspective of understanding costs of and barriers to rural communities achieving and sustaining open defecation free (ODF) status.

Schedule: July 2014 to September 2014

Budget: MK2,070,000

Client: Water for People (Malawi)

Mzuzu SMART centre

Scope: The SMART Centre focuses on the practical implementation of low-cost household level water and sanitation technologies. This is accomplished through promotion of appropriate technology, training of entrepreneurs, and build-up of businesses to support self-supply.

Schedule: June 2012 to December 2014

Budget: USD$203,429

Client: Foundation Connect International (The Netherlands)

Global sanitation fund

Scope: Implement, monitor and evaluate innovative sanitation and hygiene programs to share lessons learned with collaborating partners. Research conducted in the districts of Balaka, Chikhwawa, Nkhotakota, Ntchisi, Phalombe and Rhumphi.

Schedule: July 2012 to December 2014

Budget: USD$212,000

Client: Government of Malawi with Plan Malawi as an implementing agent

Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) Research Consortium grant

Scope: Research in Private Sector Participation in the delivery of Sanitation and Hygiene Services – analyze and understand the involvement of the rural private sector through the sanitation chain in program implementation and recommend measures to mitigate against the challenges.

Schedule: August 2013 to December 2014

Budget: £30,075

Client: Government of Malawi, Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation

Mark’s orphan care sanitation demonstration and training project

Scope: Provide improved access for sanitation, demonstration of a range of innovative and affordable technologies through training program for orphan children.

Schedule: May to August 2013

Budget: USD$8,265

Client: St. Peter’s Church (Canada)

Sustainability and water quality of elephant pumps research project

Scope: Water quality test results and analysis for 339 Elephant Pumps. Covered whether the pumps are producing water meeting Malawian Government and WHO guidelines on water quality. Involved collecting and analyzing data on total coliform, E. coli, nitrate, total hardness, total alkalinity, pH, free chlorine and total chlorine.

Schedule: February to November 2013

Budget: £7,000 (not including consumable laboratory supplies)

Client: Pump Aid (Malawi)