Established in 2017, the Duke University Center for WaSH-AID (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease) is aggressively tackling the challenge of inadequate urban and rural sanitation.  Housed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the Pratt School of Engineering, we are affiliated with the Nanomaterials and Thin Films Lab and work closely with colleagues across Duke University and around the world.

Supported with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WaSH-AID is radically redesigning onsite waste treatment under the Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge (RTTC) – with prototype systems undergoing testing and expanding access to clean, safe sanitation options in India and South Africa after years of lab-based research. 

WaSH-AID is also funded by the Gates Foundation to manage the Sanitation Technology Cluster, a network of over 20 global partners striving to accelerate the commercialization of new products and technologies across a spectrum of sanitation issues.  WaSH-AID is leveraging partnerships to fill critical technology gaps and to increase the likelihood that user-centered sanitation technologies will advance from concept to market. Through the expansion of fundamental science, prototyping, and the commercialization of sustainable WASH technologies, we seek to improve human health, increase gender equality, and conserve resources.   

We prioritize work that:

  • Promotes social responsibility in addressing complex global challenges
  • Leverages technology in the context of social, political and economic constraints
  • Empowers women and girls with gender transformative solutions