News & Press Releases


A better solution for fighting diarrhea

Researchers prove an automatic chlorine dispenser installed at shared community water points can reduce rates of child diarrhea.

Published: Friday, August 9, 2019 Source: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Improving WASH services in rural health care facilities

WHD led a workshop in Ethiopia focused on identifying strategic opportunities to improve water, sanitation and hygiene services at rural health centers.

Photo Credit: Bethel Gashaw More than two dozen professionals gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a workshop aimed at identifying strategic opportunities to improve water, sanitation and hygiene...

Published: Friday, July 26, 2019 Source: WHD Staff
Toward clean water, sanitation and hygiene for all

Photo Credit: Albert Gonzalez Farran   While efforts to help communities around the world gain access to clean water, adequate sanitation and good hygiene have made great progress in the past 30...

Published: Friday, June 7, 2019 Source: Stephanie Fischer
Using play-based learning to promote healthy habits

Stanford Ph.D. candidate James Winter leads a project in Zambia assessing the impacts play-based learning can have on teaching children safe sanitation and hygiene practices.

(c)2015 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren For some children, the path to good health might lead through a classroom. In Zambia, where over six million people lack access to clean water, a program...

Published: Sunday, April 7, 2019 Source: WHD Staff
Working toward reliable rural water supplies

Stanford Ph.D. candidate Daniel Smith leads a project in Uganda aimed at achieving safe, reliable water services by incentivizing water infrastructure maintenance.

Within Uganda’s rural Apac District, over 700 wells with handpumps represent a key to prosperity for residents who carry heavy water jugs from the pumps to their homes. When pumps fail, family...

Published: Friday, March 22, 2019 Source: Michelle Horton, WHD
Big Earth Water Hackathon challenges students to address planetary water problems

Students from various disciplines participated in the Big Earth Water Hackathon, crafting innovative projects aimed at solving a range of related issues, including some at the intersection of human health, economic development and access to safe water. 

City streets flood, sewage-tainted water rises above people’s knees, parents cradle children so they aren’t swept up in the river that once was a road. Climate change-driven sea level rise and...

Published: Monday, March 18, 2019 Source: Dylan Cooper, WHD
Can we recover valuable chemicals from sewage?

Chemical engineer William Tarpeh wants to make the term ‘wastewater’ obsolete by extracting usable chemicals to create fertilizers, disinfectants and more.

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Source: Stanford Engineering
World Toilet Day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

WHD-affiliated researcher Stephen Luby wants the focus of World Toilet Day to be less about toilets and more about the improvement of sanitation systems for people in developing countries.

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Source: Stanford News Service
Why World Toilet Day?

Stanford expert discusses toilet and sanitation misunderstandings and challenges.

As my mother can attest, potty training isn’t easy. Even when I had mastered getting onto the toilet with a step stool, my aim was imperfect. Eventually I got the hang of it. Many people never get...

Published: Monday, November 19, 2018 Source: Dylan Cooper, WHD
Thinking Through Shared Sanitation

WHD researcher launches World Bank report intended to help decision makers think through complex shared sanitation-related decisions on issues such as payment and maintenance models, regulation, and community preferences.

A solution isn’t a solution if it stops working. Taking that message to heart, Rebecca Gilsdorf works with international funders, government ministers and others to ensure shared sanitation...

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Source: WHD
A Serious Game

At World Water Week in Stockholm, a role-playing game helped attendees better understand stalemate in water services financing for small towns and rural areas.

Deadly water, sanitation and hygiene crises are no game. So, you could excuse attendees who struggled to grasp the concept of “Mission: Funded,” a role-playing game that attracted a capacity audience...

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Source: WHD
New WHD Deputy Director

Rachel Cardone discusses road ahead for Stanford Program on Water, Health & Development

In early October, Stanford’s Program on Water, Health & Development welcomed Rachel Cardone as its first Deputy Director. Cardone will work as part of a team to manage all WHD staff and...

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Source: WHD
In Africa, access to clean water isn’t just about pipes and pumps

Equally important are the often-overlooked issues in infrastructure, including information flow, governance and accountability.

When Jenna Davis describes her approach to water and sanitation problems in the world’s poorest communities, she often talks about the puzzle of Africa’s broken handpumps. Handpumps atop wells are...

Published: Monday, October 15, 2018 Source: Stanford School of Engineering
New Water Paradigm

Four-year $1.9 million grant renews a partnership aimed at accelerating access to safe, reliable and affordable water services.

Good intentions are not the same as good results – as much as half of all water and sanitations systems in developing countries fail after five years. To reduce widespread inefficiencies and...

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Source: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Tapping Communities for Water Research

WHD researcher Alexandria Boehm featured in story about National Science Foundation-funded citizen scientists and engineers doing water quality monitoring.

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 Source: National Science Foundation