The surveillance platform works on wastewater based epidemiology with the aim to institutionalize environmental surveillance as part of government response and policy actions. The platform has worked towards supporting the city municipal governments in understanding the trends of new COVID infections and has also initiated pilot studies to monitor other pathogens of pandemic proportions, antimicrobial resistance, Influenza, Monkeypoxetc.
Our vision is to bring environmental surveillance for public health in the state and national level public health system through research, advocacy and scale-up initiatives, data modelling and communication
Wastewater based surveillance which gained prominence during the COVID pandemic, emerged as an effective tool for monitoring the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in populations. Based on the fact that this virus is first detected in feces than it is in blood, routinely monitoring wastewater (sewage) in strategic points has proved to be an effective tool that provides early warning signals of citywide infections and the pattern of viral load trends over a specified period of time.
It enables local government bodies to implement public health strategies based on the data that emerges from the citywide surveillance, and improves efficiency of implementation of containment measures and resource usage.
The precision health platform shed light on the scope of wastewater surveillance and its extension beyond SARS-CoV-2 to cover antimicrobial resistance and surveillance of other pathogens. The platform has adopted an Integrated Disease Surveillance approach to seek solutions to global public health challenges posed by other pathogens like influenza, monkeypox and other pathogens of concern. The first of its kind surveillance has already started in Bangalore
We follow the The European Commission guidelines and quality standards for surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewaters