Solutions

Research shows motivating communities to build latrines and stop open defecation increases access to – and use of – sanitation facilities.

Sanitation

In many of the world’s overcrowded urban slums, residents must choose between open defecation, crowded public toilets or expensive private pit latrines that can't be emptied safely. A Stanford team working on a sustainable solution recently won a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection

Access

Almost 3 billion people around the world use low quality sanitation facilities, or no facilities at all. Stanford's WHD program affiliates research the effectiveness of different policy and planning strategies designed to expand access to water and sanitation services worldwide.

Sustainability

A persistent challenge in the WASH sector is designing interventions--infrastructure investments, information campaigns, institutional innovations--whose benefits are sustained over the long term. WHD program affiliates explore different ways of operationalizing sustainability.

WASH/Health

The links between water, sanitation, hygiene and health are intuitively obvious yet persistently challenging to document in a scientifically rigorous way. We work in the area of modeling health outcomes as a function of various water- and sanitation-related, socioeconomic and demographic factors.

Development

Water supply and sanitation are linked to well-being not only through health, but through their impact on livelihoods and poverty. The WHD program researches the impacts of productive use and decentralized services of domestic water supplies and household waste.

Latest News

Wilson Center blog features global sanitation solution pioneered by WHD researchers and others.
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Newsletter

An easy and affordable handwashing system, new evidence on exposure to parasitic worms and more in our Spring-Summer 2016 Newsletter.
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Container-Based Sanitation Webinar

View the recording of our recent webinar on Container-Based Sanitation, featuring panelists from Stanford, Sanergy, SOIL and Clean Team.
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