Research and Projects
MEDUWA-Vecht (e) is a joint venture throughout the entire medicine chain intending to combat the environmental cycle of medicines and multi-resistant bacteria via soil, food, water, and air back to humans and animals.
The Europa Ayurveda Center has been growing herbs for its practice and products for the webshop since the purchase of the property in Witharen at the beginning of 2005. Since 2011 we also grow herbs for research, and we do tests together with universities and companies to provide scientific substantiation of the complex herbal supplements and herbal medication based on Ayurveda.
When you think about possible solutions for the contamination of our soil, our food, the water we drink, and the air we breathe, you soon lose track. Because where do you start? If you consider that our immediate environment is affected by human and veterinary medicines and multi-resistant bacteria, you begin to wonder whether cleaning is possible.
The Europa Ayurveda Center, as one of the 27 partners of Meduwa, does not wonder if it is possible but has just started by taking small steps to find an answer to the massive problem of future drug shortages, including antibiotics and the doom scenario of antibiotic resistance (AR). If the medicines we have no longer work, we speak of antibiotic resistance.
Eighty years of antibiotics have given the world such a promising drug that its use has exceeded all expectations. Now we come to the shocking discovery that we are heading for a catastrophe, provided we find an answer in time.
WHO’s first global antibiotic resistance report reveals a serious, worldwide threat to public health. The new WHO report provides the most comprehensive picture of antibiotic resistance to date, with data from 114 countries. It states that 700,000 people worldwide die every year from AR, and it expected that by 2050, this number would rise to 10 million people a year.
The WHO report, which was the first to write a report on antimicrobial resistance including antibiotic resistance, reveals that this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is now happening in every region of the world and has the potential to be anyone of any age to get into any country. Just look at this video from Daphne Deckers, a well-known Dutch citizen who has become an ambassador for the use of antibiotics because of her antibiotic resistance.
This report dates from April 30, 2014.
Antibiotic resistance – when bacteria change and antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections – is now a significant public health threat worldwide. Bacteria that are resistant to the most common antibiotics are called Superbugs. Superbugs now kill more patients than breast cancer, and experts have warned at least twice as many people as the government estimates.
So the need is very high to do something about this. And because it is a complex problem, it must also be tackled on multiple levels. To address this on multiple levels is what Meduwa stands for.
In Meduwa, 12 innovations have been introduced by the 27 partners who act together and deliver their data to the WIS software program, which in turn processes it into models that can be used to anticipate the recovery of the entire system. With the help of information and communication technology, ideas, strategies, techniques, and methods for the management of soil and water integrated into a river basin.
News and publications
MEDUWA in the Pharmaceutic Weekly
24.01.2019, Tackling the cycle of micro-pollutants such as medicines and resistant bacteria via soil, food, water, and air can only achieve with measures at multiple levels in the medicine chain. With this in mind, the MEDUWA-Vecht (e) project was set up in 2017, a collaboration of 27 Dutch and German companies and institutions. “This protein is neatly broken down in the environment, so a sustainable product.”
The entire article is available here: Franz van den Houdt, Tackling environmental damage with interventions in the whole drug chain, Pharm weekly December 21, 2018; 153–51 / 52.
Read further publications written by Margarita Amador and Alfons Uijtewaal Environmental effect of drug use blind spot – Environment 2017-6 in the Dutch magazine Milieu en Green Pharmacy Pharmaceutisch Weekblad October 20, 2017, Pharm weekly October 20, 2017; 152–42.
New MEDUWA publication
10.01.2019, Read the current contribution from Radboud University for the MEDUWA project, the article of Duarte, DJ, Oldenkamp, R., Ragas, AMJ, 2019, Modeling environmental antibiotic-resistance gene abundance: A meta-analysis, Science for the Total Environment.
Sustainability cafe about “medicines from wasteewater,” lecture Ad Ragas, Nijmegen
15.07.2018, On Thursday, July 5, MEDUWA partner, Prof. Ad Ragas, Department of Environmental Science at Radboud University, gave a lecture on “medication in drinking water” at the Marikenhuis in Nijmegen. Read more about the particular edition sustainability café: “Preventing excess medication in drinking water.”
Press release 1st MEDUWA Stakeholder and partner meeting
Contamination of the environment by medicines and multi-resistant bacteria is a complex problem in the Vechte, both in Germany and in the Netherlands. A consortium of 27 Dutch and German companies, universities, hospitals, governmental and non-governmental organizations is, therefore, collaborating in the EU-funded, cross-border MEDUWA-Vecht innovation project (MEDicine Unwanted in WAter). On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the MEDUWA Vecht (e) project brought stakeholders from the riparian states of local and regional government agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in human health and the environment together with the project partners for the first time. The meeting took place at the University of Osnabrück, which leads the innovation project. Read more in the pdf version press release.
Cross-border project to limit medicines in water MEDUWA Article in H2O
08.01.2017, Alfons Uijtewaal, founder and co-coordinator of the MEDUWA-Vecht project publishes an article on how we can limit the contamination of soil and water by medicines and multi-resistant bacteria in the Vecht. Read more….
Meduwa initiated by Huize Aarde is a foundation that focuses on the search for the most sustainable solutions for social issues.
Paksha Choorna, an Ayurvedic herbal preparation to combat coccidiosis in poultry.
Antibiotics have caused a revolution in the approach to infectious diseases and as a precaution during operations and transplants. But the use and abuse have led to the development and spread of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest problems of this century that needs to be solved. In October 2012, we sent a survey to several farmers in the area, asking if they were aware of the use of herbs with an antimicrobial effect. We received half of the 50 surveys that we sent. Of these half, 8 of the farmers did not know that herbs had these characteristics. Together with the University of Utrecht and partners from the business community, we are researching the functioning of an Ayurvedic herbal preparation “Paksha Choorna” to combat coccidiosis in poultry.
Mohana Choorna is an Ayurvedic herbal preparation to balance glucose in Diabetes Mellitus type 2 patients.
Mohana Choorna, een Ayurvedisch kruidenpreparaat om glucose te balanceren bij Diabetes Mellitus type 2 patienten.
Diabetes Mellitus type 2 is an insidious disease with an incredible number of people who suffer from it, and the number is still growing. In 2014 we completed a three-year project together with the University of Wageningen, the Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital from Nijmegen and Europroxima from Arnhem on a study into the effect of an Ayurvedic herbal preparation “Mohana Choorna” on the metabolic disorder Diabetes Mellitus type 2. Mohana Choorna is grown and processed here in Witharen. All parties have funded this research in the consortium and with support from the European Regional Development Fund. The study completed at the end of 2014. A documentary made of this research for Europe.
A follow-up study with a larger population for further research into this promising herbal preparation will follow.