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Current Projects

WHD researchers work to create the knowledge, skills and solutions needed to support effective management of water and wastes, and to ensure sustained, equitable access to water supply and sanitation services. Our research addresses issues such as water quality and quantity, sanitation and hygiene, health and resource recovery for energy and food production. 

Research Area: Sanitation & wastewater
WHD is the Strategy Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) partner, supporting the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (CNHF)’s water team. The project is focused on evaluating CNHF's efforts to implement a Safe Water Strategy as efficiently and effectively as possible. Stanford’s analyses will be based on input gathered from other grantees, non-grantee collaborators and stakeholders in the broader water sector.
Research Area: Sanitation & wastewater
The need for sustainable, clean water sources is being acutely felt in western Uganda as healthcare facilities are facing Ebola. While WASH infrastructure is necessary, adequate training of staff, administrative commitment to WASH promotion, integration with infection prevention and control strategies, and reliable supply chains also factor into improving the safety of healthcare facility environments. We aim to create improved, sustainable, and scalable WASH services in Ugandan healthcare facilities.
Research Area: Business models, Human health & medicine, Rural services & development, Water supply
This project explores preferences of water services and the costs and benefits of transitioning from unimproved water sources to piped household water connections. We aim to capture how the transition affects quantity and quality of water consumed, changes in household time allocation, cost of water and common indicators of health such as diarrheal morbidity. We are also focusing on maternal stress and child development outcomes, exploring whether children experience lifelong health and productivity impairments due to poor quality water services during early childhood.