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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 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 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

Recent News

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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

March 1, 2019

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

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.