News & Press Releases


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
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
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
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
Fact-Checking Matt Damon's Clean Water Promise In A Super Bowl Ad

Can a $13 chalice provide clean water for five years? WHD faculty director Jenna Davis explains.

Published: Friday, February 2, 2018 Source: NPR
Surprising Sanitation Findings

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
Jenna Davis on Why Policy Reform Can Do More for Clean Water Access Than Technology

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
Beyond the Toilet

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
Inspired by WHD - Sebastien Tilmans

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
San Diego Scrambles to Address Long-Festering Lack of Restrooms

How does lack of sanitation for a few in San Diego Hepatitis outbreak and elsewhere affect the health of many? WHD’s Jenna Davis explains.

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 Source: Voice of San Diego
Toward Water Solutions

A new journal holds promise to advance water solutions. Water Security, published by Elsevier, will synthesize current knowledge, identify key knowledge gaps and promote constructive debates related to drivers and consequences of water security and insecurity, according to Jenna Davis, WHD faculty lead and sanitation and health section editor for the journal. “Given the importance of water security to planning and policy in many sectors, we intend to highlight challenges of and strategies for linking research to decision making and the world of practice,” Davis said.

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 Source: Water, Health & Development