News & Press Releases


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
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:
Sanitation: When Toilets Fly

Initiative run by Stanford graduate students aims for a dry solution to sanitation challenges in urban slums where untreated sewage in waterways spreads disease

Published: Thursday, March 19, 2015 Source: Rob Jordan - Stanford Woods Institute
Drinking Water: Safe at the Source

Program on Water, Health and Development researchers are developing affordable, sustainable solutions to the challenge of providing safe drinking water to nearly 1 billion people in city slums. This story is part of a series about Stanford researchers developing solutions to water supply and access challenges

Published: Thursday, March 19, 2015 Source: Rob Jordan - Stanford Woods Institute
Stanford environmental researchers work to put sustainability into action

Stanford WHD professor, Jenna Davis, selected as a Leopold Leadership Program fellow! The program aims to provide outstanding academic environmental researchers with skills for working with partners to integrate science into decision-making.

Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Source: Paige Miller - Stanford Woods Institute
Sanitation Solution for Urban Slums Gets National Recognition

Stanford researchers working on sustainable, low-cost water delivery received prestigious federal grant recently

Published: Friday, October 24, 2014 Source: Woods Institute