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 developing 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 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

Community leader

November 23, 2018

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?

computer models of technology

November 19, 2018

Reinvented Toilets to Debut In Two Indian Cities

Plan includes densely populated Warangal in Telangana and Narsapur in Andhra Pradesh