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


James Thostensen, PhD, Receives Dissertation Award

James (Jimmy) Thostensen, PhD, is one of two winners of the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award conveyed by Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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. 

January 9, 2019 | Duke MEDx News

Fecal matters: Learning about health through waste

A 2019-2020 Bass Connections Project will offer students the opportunity to explore the potential of a "Smart Toilet" to monitor wellness and disease.

Community leader

November 23, 2018 | BBC News

Why do billions of people still lack basic sanitation?

Hi-tech loos that use little or no water and can recycle waste products safely and sustainably promise to give billions of people around the world access to much-needed sanitation. So why do so many still lack this basic amenity?