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
Field Engineer Testing the Reclaimer Technology


Field-Testing the Reclaimer

The Center for WaSH-AID and Mountain Safety Research have partnered to create the Reclaimer, a compact, prototype wastewater treatment system that creates safe, clean water that can be reused for flushing, washing, or irrigation. Learn about the team’s in-field testing from Brian Hawkins, the project’s lead engineer.

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. 

July 31, 2019 | Georgia Tech University

Reinvented Toilets Could Provide Safe Sanitation for 2.5 Billion People

Nicknamed G2RT - Generation 2 Reinvented Toilet - and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a new multi-year initiative will bring the dispersed efforts of the original Reinvent the Toilet Challenge together to focus on demonstrating prototypes of a single user reinvented toilet (SURT) that can be afforded by the world’s poorest.

Researchers Looking at Reclaimer

July 22, 2019

A Miniature Sanitation System in a Box

In 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ignited their Reinvent the Toilet Challenge to encourage innovative approaches to safe and sustainable management of human waste in developing countries. Answering the call, Duke University’s Center for WaSH-AID collaborated with MSR to develop the Reclaimer, a miniature sanitation plant in a box. Learn how the Reclaimer came to be and what makes this piece of technology so profound.