News & Press Releases


Winning with Water: Funding Awarded to Revitalize Urban Slums

WHD researcher Stephen Luby to direct health evaluation of prestigious research collaboration led by Monash University to revitalize slums through water management strategies.

Published: Monday, February 6, 2017 Source: Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health
DNA in wastewater could provide clues to help community health

With input from a WHD researcher, Stanford scientists are developing methods for monitoring of DNA in wastewater. This could enable early detection of disease and discovery of previously undetected pathogens.

By Ula Chrobak With every toilet flush, valuable information encrypted in DNA is lost. Wastewater may hold a wealth of insight for public health officials, and an interdisciplinary team of Stanford...

Published: Monday, December 12, 2016 Source: Stanford News Service
Study Finds Flaw in Global Effort to Mitigate Emissions

International mechanisms in which companies earn valuable credits for offsetting greenhouse gas output are subject to inaccurate self-reporting and need third-party monitoring, according to WHD-led research in Kenya.

A mechanism used as part of international efforts to reduce emissions has a potentially fatal flaw, according to a new study. A recent review of the way carbon offset credits have been used...

Published: Thursday, November 3, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
A New Paradigm for Water Treatment

At the University of North Carolina Water and Health Conference, WHD researchers hosted a side event on an alternative paradigm for water treatment in low-income areas – point-of-collection disinfection.

[View the story "UNC Water and Health: Point of Collection H2O" on Storify]

Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
Inspired by WHD: Mia Mattioli

As part of an ongoing series of WHD “alumni” profiles, we caught up with Mia Catharine Mattioli, the Domestic Activity Lead for the Environmental Microbiology Lab at the Center for Disease Control...

Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
Rethinking How to Assess Disease Risk in Child Behavior

Using U.S. data in assessment models of hand- and object-mouthing is likely to underestimate rates of exposure to diarrheal disease in low-income countries.

Every parent knows it: infants will put just about anything in their mouths. This mode of exploration has obvious drawbacks, one of which is exposure to disease risks. Current methods of quantifying...

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
New Approach to Sanitation May Help Fast-Growing Urban Areas Achieve SDGs

Eric Wilbern, a graduate student working with WHD, discusses container-based sanitation, a global sanitation solution pioneered by Stanford researchers and others.

Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Source: Wilson Center
Putting Good Health in Reach

Innovative and affordable handwashing system holds promise for reducing spread of disease in areas without reliable piped water.

In some parts of the world, water pipes can be the difference between life and death. A study co-authored by WHD researcher Amy Pickering involved the creation of an innovative system that makes...

Published: Thursday, June 30, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
Digging in the Dirt for Answers

Q&A with WHD researcher Lauren Steinbaum, who studies parasitic worms, and highlights from a recent study she co-authored indicating interventions to limit children’s exposure to household soil could complement other parasitic worm control strategies.

By Shannon Swanson Lauren Steinbaum knows her way around parasitic worms. The worms, collectively known as helminths, infect about 1.5 billion people worldwide, causing, physical and cognitive...

Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
From Bangladesh to the Bay Area

Q&A with WHD Collaborator Shahjahan Ali

Shahjahan Ali, a research investigator with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (, studies environmental enteropathy, an illness spread by long-term fecal...

Published: Thursday, June 23, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
Connecting Global Issues

Event highlights water, sanitation and health parallels between developing and wealthy countries.

They may seem far away, but water, sanitation and health (WASH) issues in the developing world have close parallels in the U.S. and other wealthy countries. The evidence was abundantly clear at the...

Published: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
Symposium Takes Closer Look at Container-Based Sanitation

WHD Director Jenna Davis discusses possible solution to sanitation challenges in world's urban slums.

Where will Earth’s next billion residents poop? That question was on the minds of many attending this year’s gathering of water, health and sanitation scholars at the Colorado WASH symposium, March...

Published: Friday, March 11, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
Solution in a Box: Webinar on Container-Based Sanitation

In urban slums around the world, people must choose among crowded public toilets that close at night, open defecation or expensive private pit latrines. Narrow, unplanned street layouts make access...

Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Source: Program on Water, Health & Development
Stanford study shows effects of toilet facilities on child health in rural Africa

A new paper published in The Lancet Global Health presents the first scientific trial to show that child growth improved when communities in the Republic of Mali participated in a community-led sanitation program. The paper and video are co-authored by Amy Pickering, research associate with Stanford’s department of civil and environmental engineering.

Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Source: Stanford Report
Career Spotlight: Environmental Health Engineer

This video story features Amy Pickering's work as an environmental health engineer. She develops low-cost, low-tech solutions to reduce the spread of disease in regions of low water quality. Pickering is a research associate at Stanford's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and at Woods Institute for the Environment.

Published: Monday, August 31, 2015 Source: KQED QUEST