Sound knowledge of which type of antibiotic resistant bacteria are present in a region aids health professionals in making more accurate diagnoses and informs effective treatment options. Usually surveillance is done by collecting and analyzing large numbers of clinical samples but this is costly and not done extensively in poorer countries.
Our goal is to develop a resource-efficient sewage monitoring system to analyze the occurrence of antibiotic resistant bacteria deriving from fecal matter. In principle, one sewage sample reflects the existence of antibiotic resistance in intestinal bacteria from an entire community.
"If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it"
(Sir William Thomson, Lord Kelvin)