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Over 660 million people lack access to clean drinking water, with over 80% living in rural communities; these communities solely rely on external aid. Existing tests are slow, expensive and require significant training, resulting in infrequent testing, and poor dissemination to key stakeholders within the community. WaterScope, which span off the OpenFlexure Microscope Project at the Department of Physics, is developing a rapid, handheld test, simple enough to be used in any location, allowing tests to be done at a community level.


WaterScope was featured for the first time on the Humanitarian Innovation Fund blog

Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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