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Wastewater Treatment Plants as a Trusted Source of Timely Information on Antimicrobial Resistance Threat (TruSTme)
Nordic researchers will study whether wastewater treatment plants can be a source of trusted antimicrobial resistance information. The project will focus on improving the analysis, transfer and archiving of data from municipal wastewater treatment plants in order to improve information transfer.
The TruSTme project at NORCE will investigate how public wastewater treatment plants can be a unique and reliable source of local information on antimicrobial resistance. In the future, wastewater treatment plants should be included as part of public preparedness strategies to notify of precursor events, such as increased occurrence of superbugs.
Samples will be taken at the facilities in Stavanger in Norway, Reykjavik in Iceland, and Mariehamn in Finland using standard molecular-based laboratory methods to track antimicrobial resistance in wastewater.
Survey of current practices
The project is based on two fundamental assumptions for health security governance in the Nordic region:
- that the role of the environment in the development and spread of disease cannot be overlooked, and
- that risk communication needs to be timely, consistent, transparent and based on reliable information. This is central to achieving the society’s acceptance and compliance.
The TruSTme project is financed through NordForsk, and is a collaboration between researchers from leading Nordic research institutes: the University of Akureyri in Iceland, the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, Lund University in Sweden and NORCE in Norway.
The project will take a One-Health approach, where the health of people, animals and the environment should all be considered and representatives from other sectors, such as politics, regulatory bodies and research collaborate.
Wastewater Treatment plants as a trusted Source of Timely information on antimicrobial resistance threat (TruSTme)
01.01.23 - 31.12.24