EU support enables Moldova's National Agency for Public Health (ANSP) to better monitor SARS-CoV-2 in urban wastewater.
EU4Environment Water and Data participated in the second edition of the "One Health Conference" in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, on 23-24 November. Andrei Ursache, Programme Representative in Moldova and Prof. Norbert Kreuzinger (Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management) spoke about the good progress of the Covid monitoring of Chisinau's wastewater.
The graph below shows the first results of weekly monitoring of urban wastewater and the dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 virus load in the local population.
Source: Research Unit Water Quality Management, Vienna University of Technology, based on data from ANSP and Apa Canal Chisinau
Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt Austria) is the leader of the E4Environment Water and Data programme and responsible for water monitoring related activities. Austrian expert took the opportunity of this conference to continue its advisory work for Moldovan colleagues from the laboratory of the National Agency for Public Health (ANSP), which produced the figures in the graph.
The 2nd National Conference "One Health Approach - Achievements and Challenges" was organised by the Association for Biosafety and Biosecurity of the Republic of Moldova in cooperation with the National Agency for Public Health, the Nicolae Testemitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and in partnership with the World Health Organization Country Office in the Republic of Moldova, with financial support from the European Union.
The conference aimed to bring together scientists and researchers to share their experiences and research findings on all aspects of the One Health approach. It also aimed to provide a leading interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and academics to present and discuss the latest innovations, trends and concerns, as well as practical challenges and solutions in the field of One Health.