July 2023

Empowering Water Professionals: Africa Water Quality Testing Fellowship

The Africa Water Quality Testing Fellowship is a transformative five-year program (2021-2026) with a noble mission: to address critical gaps in the water sector and foster sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. In its pilot year, three local universities established robust fellowship programs (University of Ghana, Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia, and Makerere University in Uganda), providing students with invaluable practical skills in water quality monitoring.

The overarching goal is to cultivate a pipeline of skilled water professionals who will actively contribute to the region’s water sector growth and advancement.

The Aquaya Institute also coordinates longitudinal water quality monitoring in seven districts within Ethiopia, Ghana, and Uganda. These fellows collected data from households, schools, and healthcare facilities in seven focal districts to inform strategies for improving water quality. They also participated in training courses on water quality surveys and testing and learned data analysis skills.

See what the fellows had to say:

This work was supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

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