News & Press Releases


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
Science Spotlight: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Poop

This animated video is one of three featured in KQED's e-book, Engineering Is: Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water. The e-book explores scientific and engineering contributions that resulted in technology that purifies drinking water in Dhaka, Bangladesh, through Stanford's Lotus Water project.

Published: Thursday, August 6, 2015 Source: KQED QUEST

A new device cleans drinking water at a manual hand pump, without using electricity. Stanford researchers develop a better, easier, cheaper way to clean water at the source.

Published: Thursday, July 30, 2015 Source: Video Story by Lauren Farrar for QUEST on KQED
Dr. Stephen Luby, an Omaha native, takes pragmatic approach to global public health research

When it comes to huge health problems in underprivileged nations, Dr. Stephen Luby says. “We can make a difference.” This story illustrates several ways in which his work has improved lives worldwide.

Published: Monday, June 8, 2015 Source: Rick Ruggles / World-Herald staff writer
Stanford researchers rethink sanitation system for urban slums

Residents of Haiti have avoided infectious disease associated with fecal matter through use of a dry toilet and waste collection services. The system, called container-based sanitation, or CBS, operates without a large, up-front, capital investment and does not require electricity or water.

Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Source: