Musa Manga, PhD

Assistant Professor
Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Musa Manga, PhD in the Gillings News

Research Activities

Dr. Manga uses environmental engineering and microbiology tools to identify low-cost, scalable, and sustainable interventions to interrupt transmission of excreta-related diseases to protect public health and wellbeing. His broad research interests are in planning, monitoring, and improvement of water, sanitation, and fecal sludge management practices to promote: i) equity for underserved communities in both developing and developed countries; ii) development and validation of pathogen hazards and risk models; iii) environmental justice and climate change mitigation; and iv) optimization of sanitation technologies/ wastewater treatment and BioResource Recovery (Nutrient and BioEnergy). Dr Manga’s current research includes development of tools for tracking pathogens and fecal hazards in communities; life cycle costing of water and sanitation programs; understanding the i) performance of sanitation technologies, ii) effectiveness of rural sanitation programs, iii) sustainability and equity in community-wide approaches that improve access to safe sanitation and water, and iv) alternatives to conventional water borne sewerage in dense urban areas; and development, optimization and application of sustainable human excreta and solid waste management technologies/ strategies to achieve effective pathogen inactivation and bioresource recovery.

Key Publications

Public health performance of sanitation technologies in Tamil Nadu, India: Initial perspectives based on E. coli release. Manga, M., Kolsky, P., Rosenboom, J.W., Ramalingam, S., Sriramajayam, L., Bartram, J., and Stewart (2022). International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.
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Fate of faecal pathogen indicators during faecal sludge composting with different bulking agents in tropical climate. Manga, M., Camargo-Valero, M.A., Anthonj, C., and Evans, B.E. (2021). International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.
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Factors associated with safe child feces disposal: evidence across Ethiopia, India, and Zambia. Beardsley R, Cronk R., Tracy W., Fleming L., Ng’ambi M., Tidwell, J.B, Manga, M. (2021). International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.
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A systematic review of water, sanitation, hygiene and environmental health among Roma communities in Europe: Situation analysis, cultural context, and obstacles to improvement. Anthonj, C., Setty, K.S., Ezbakhe, F., Manga, M., Hoeser, C. (2020). International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.
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Economic Cost Analysis of Low-Cost Sanitation Technology Options in Informal Settlement areas (Case Study: Soweto, Johannesburg). Manga, M., J. Bartram, Evans, B. (2020). International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.
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