Fogarty receives grant for water, sanitation studies in Pakistan

October 2010 | Volume 9, Issue 5

Two young men, mud on their shirts, stand in front of murky brown water, one holds large bucket on his shoulder
Photo courtesy WHO/Syed Haider

Fogarty has received funding from the Pakistan-U.S.
Science and Technology Cooperation Program for
a water, sanitation, health and hygiene project as well
as funds for grant-writing workshops in Pakistan.

A Fogarty team of scientists has received a three-year grant to study water, sanitation and health in Pakistan. The researchers will study the change in the incidence of diarrhea and pneumonia in young children, following up on interventions put in place 20 years ago, and will examine water quality and the use of newer latrines.

It's just one of 27 new projects supported by the Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Program, a partnership between the U.S. Department of State, USAID, Pakistan's Ministry of Science and Technology and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

The initiative is intended to support Pakistan's development goals in health, water, agriculture and energy, and expand Pakistani universities' capacities for science and technology research and education.

Fogarty's Dr. Mark Miller and Dr. Zeba Rasmussen will conduct the research in partnership with the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Karakoram International University in Gilgit-Baltistan and the University of Punjab in Lahore.

Through the project, residents will better understand contamination levels in food and water supplies and the rates of diarrhea and pneumonia among their children, Rasmussen said.

"They can advocate for and adopt better interventions to improve health," she said. "They will know if previous interventions have worked."

In addition, the State Department is providing Fogarty with funds to conduct four NIH grant-writing workshops in Pakistan, to be implemented by the Aga Khan University.

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