In response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the India EFT team is working to share evidence-based recommendations with partners and community members to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are sourcing guidance from experts at the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, International Water Association, and the Government of India, and will repost their recommendations. We encourage you to review information from reliable sources, share it with your community and adopt healthy behaviors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As research on COVID-19 continues, we recognize that information may be at times insufficient and even contradictory; we will share recommendations based on the current scientific understanding of the virus.
India Engineering Field Testing (EFT)
India EFT is a multi-year program to carry out the engineering field testing of transformative sanitation technologies in India.
Field testing is a critical step in the development of new technologies, generating data on the performance and robustness of prototypes under realistic use conditions, beyond controlled laboratory tests. Successful field testing is a complex process requiring an adequate number of daily users for the sanitation systems under test, safe and continuous operation of prototypes, and rigorous data collection and specimen analysis.
Based on more than three years’ experience, our team combines U.S.-based researchers with field engineers and laboratory scientists from local partners in Coimbatore, India. Our focus is the comprehensive technical evaluation of multiple sanitation technologies developed by researchers from around the world, including India, North America and Europe. The extensive data generated by our team supports our partners in bringing technical solutions to market and encourages future technology investments.
The India EFT program is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.