Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease

Health. Safety. Dignity. Our vision is a world in which everyone has access to clean water and safe sanitation systems designed for their needs. A world in which we restore our environment through the conservation, re-use and creation of critical resources. A world in which everyone - particularly women and girls - can realize their full potential. 

We are the Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID) - an intensely collaborative translational research team, working closely with more than 20 academic, non-profit, and private industry partners to facilitate the development and sustainable deployment of novel technology-based health solutions for resource-constrained regions around the world. 

To achieve our mission, WaSH-AID:

  • Leverages cross-disciplinary expertise and partnerships
  • Empowers women and girls with gender transformative solutions  
  • Embraces a user-centered philosophy in all stages of research and development


Researcher and Engineer in Kigali, Rwanda


An Unexpected Homecoming

For Research Scientist Edgard Ngaboyamahina, PhD, MBA, the path to building local capacity in his home country of Rwanda started with, of all things, a two-day trip to Indianapolis. We sat down with Edgard to learn more about his work at the Center for WaSH-AID, his newly formed company Simbuka, and the story of his homecoming after being away for almost 30 years.

Recent News


March 1, 2019 | MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review

Sanitation without sewers is included in the list of MIT Technology Review's ten breakthrough technologies that will change the world for the better in 2019. 

Shannon Yee in South Africa

September 6, 2019 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Scientists sent people to the moon. Can they reinvent the toilet?

A globe-trotting team of researchers have been given a $13.5 million budget and 39 months to sort through the prototypes and remaining challenges of the Gates Foundation Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

Block of Toilets

August 28, 2019 | American Chemical Society

The Toilet Gets a Makeover

How chemistry is helping to solve the sanitation crisis in low-resource areas.