Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Health 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 girls and women have control over their time, their education, and their lives.  A world in which we restore our environment through the conservation and recycling of critical resources.

We are the Duke University Center for WaSH-AID (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease) - 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 communities 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 our design and engineering
  • Relies on data and user input to drive decisions

Recent News

flush handle of urinal

November 5, 2018

Reinventing the Toilet: Seeking a ‘Safe and Dignified Solution’ to the Sanitation Crisis

Supported through multiple grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Center for WaSH-AID and two emerging technologies hope to reshape the lives and health of billions of people both worldwide and at home


November 6, 2018

Engineering a better toilet could save millions of lives

Duke University engineering professor and WaSH-AID's entrepreneurship lead, Jeffrey Glass, was quoted in 'Popular Science' after the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing

prototype rendering

November 5, 2018

Automated Feminine Hygiene Disposal for Developing Communities

Demonstration system manufactured through global partnership is the size of carry-on luggage