UNLOCKING LIFE-PRESERVING INFORMATION FROM ROUTINE WATER QUALITY MONITORING DATA

WHAT IS THE SWOT?


Waterborne diseases are among the leading causes of preventable mortality and morbidity during humanitarian crises. Safe water is essential for protecting public health in refugee and internally displaced persons camps. The Safe Water Optimization Tool helps humanitarian responders optimize water chlorination so that water remains safe to drink up to the point of consumption.


HOW DOES IT WORK?


The SWOT deploys innovative analytics based on machine learning and numerical modelling in order to unlock life-preserving information in routinely collected water quality monitoring data. It generates a site-specific, evidence-based free residual chlorine (FRC) target for water distribution points that ensures there is enough residual chlorine protection for the entire duration of household storage and use at any field site.

How it Works

The SWOT builds on years of water safety research carried out in refugee camps in South Sudan, Jordan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Bangladesh (and elsewhere) by our team at York University, University of California Berkeley, MSF, and UNHCR. Foundational research for the SWOT can be found at:

Ali, S. I., Ali, S. S., & Fesselet, J. (2021). Evidence-based chlorination targets for household water safety in humanitarian settings: Recommendations from a multi-site study in refugee camps in South Sudan, Jordan, and Rwanda. Water Research, 189(116642).

Ali, S. I., Ali, S. S., & Fesselet, J. (2015). Effectiveness of emergency water treatment practices in refugee camps in South Sudan. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 93(8), 550–558.

Ali, S. I. (2016). Validation Study Report: Evaluating New Evidence-Based FRC Targets at Mtendeli, Tanzania. MSF Field Research.

MSF OCA (2019). Field Guidance Note: Evidence-Based Guidance For Water Chlorination In Humanitarian Response. MSF Field Research.

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WANNA TRY IT OUT?

The SWOT is now live! Click here to check out the web tool and click here here to request a user account.

Our team is standing by to provide training and support to your team today. Let’s get safe water to the people who need it.

PROJECT TEAM


The SWOT is a collaboration between the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University, Toronto and Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Syed Imran Ali Founder & Lead
Jeff Fesselet MSF Lead
Usman Khan ANN Lead
Mike Spendlove Tech Advisor
James Brown Field Advisor
Syed Saad Ali EO Lead
Mohamed Moselhy Lead Developer
Ngqabutho Zondo Designer
Mike De Santi ANN Developer
Nayeem Munier Project Support
Danny Salman Junior Developer
Matt Arnold WASH Advisor
James Orbinski Advisor

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