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December 9, 2021
12:00 - 16:00
Time zone: Stockholm, GMT+01:00

African Perspectives on AMR Surveillance and Wastewater Management


Workshop 9 December 2021, 12.00-16.00 CET

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the use of wastewater surveillance as an early warning system for disease outbreaks. However, wastewater surveillance programs can also be used to monitor other pathogens to prevent outbreaks and the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This workshop organised by JPIAMR in collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council focuses on African perspectives and research on this theme.

The main goals of the workshop are:

  • To showcase African wastewater surveillance research with focus on prevention and spread of pathogens and AMR.
  • To share existing knowledge and experiences between researchers in Europe and Africa.
  • To increase awareness of current wastewater monitoring programs and build networks for future research in wastewater-based surveillance.

Although wastewater-based epidemiology in the form of wastewater surveillance have been around for some time, the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the use of this approach as early warning system for Covid-19 outbreaks. In light of this, many countries globally have developed wastewater surveillance programs specifically for Covid-19 that can now also be used to monitor other pathogens to prevent disease outbreaks and AMR. There is strong progress in wastewater surveillance and the goal of this event is to share new results to support establishing wastewater monitoring systems for other pathogens and AMR as well.

We wish that this event can facilitate the establishment of networks between researchers to work towards expanding wastewater monitoring systems to track disease outbreaks and AMR. Cooperation from stakeholders in science, industry and government are needed for international exchange of knowledge and resources working towards protecting public health.  


Moderator: Dr. Roelof Coertze, Gothenburg University, Sweden

12:00 Welcome remarks and introduction

12:15 Session 1: Antimicrobial resistance risk assessment in water

  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in drinking water and risk assessment. Carlos Bezuidenhout, North-West University, South Africa
  • The environmental dimension of antimicrobial resistance: the need for environmental surveillance. William Gaze, University of Exeter, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, UK
  • AMR in food and animals – moving to wastewater monitoring of AMR. Karl Pederson, National Veterinary Institute, Sweden 

13:35 Session 2: Pathogen surveillance in wastewater

  • Towards wastewater-based AMR research: building on the SAMRC SARS-CoV-2 RNA surveillance and research programme. Renee Street, South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
  • SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance in Germany: Long-term PCR monitoring and comparison of primer/probe systems. Claudia Stange, TZW: DVGW-Technologiezentrum Wasser, German Water Center, Germany
  • Detection of Salmonella Typhi and SARS-CoV-2 in urban river systems in Malawi. Kayla Barnes, Broad Institute and Harvard School of Public Health, USA
  • Thwart the dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in Tunisia: Major challenges to overcome and awareness of stakeholders. Wejdene Mansour, Université de Sousse, Tunisia

14:55 Panel discussion with Q & A

15:35 Closing remarks



Contact information

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