News & Press Releases
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Can a $13 chalice provide clean water for five years? WHD faculty director Jenna Davis explains.
Published: Friday, February 2, 2018 Source: NPR
Improving water, sanitation and hygiene in poor regions of Bangladesh helped overall health but, contrary to expectations, did not improve children’s growth and development, Stanford-led trial finds.
Published: Monday, January 29, 2018 Source: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
WHD faculty lead Jenna Davis explains why cleaning up water sources could have measurable impacts on the economy of cities and countries.
Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Source: World Resources Institute
Jenna Davis, WHD faculty lead, on prioritizing waste management, not just ‘butts on toilets,’ to lower global diarrheal disease burden.
By Jenna Davis, WHD faculty lead Should we rethink World Toilet Day? Don't get me wrong – raising awareness about the plight of the 2.4 billion people without a toilet is definitely a worthy...Published: Thursday, November 9, 2017 Source: Water, Health & Development
As part of an ongoing series of WHD “alumni” profiles, we caught up with Sebastien Tilmans, director of operations at Stanford’s William and Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center (CR2C). Tilmans earned his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford in 2015.
What kind of unique and / or powerful experiences did you have through WHD? Under the auspices of WHD, I worked in Haiti for one-and-a-half years to deploy a waterless sanitation service in a dense...Published: Monday, October 2, 2017 Source: Water, Health & Development