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 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 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

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.

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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?