March 30, 2021
We're pleased to spotlight our talented colleagues in India. The India Engineering Field Testing (IEFT) platform is a team of engineers in Coimbatore, India, who install and test prototype sanitation technologies. Led by the Center's Sonia Grego, the team is part of a large network of public and [...]
March 3, 2021 | Pratt School of Engineering
Using established methods for screening human sewage for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, Duke University is piloting a study to compare what can be learned from sewage with what can be learned from a rigorous nasal swab testing program.
November 16, 2020 | Duke Today
The Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID) received the grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the management of field testing of “reinvented toilets” and other new hygienic technologies in India. The grant will enable the [...]
October 8, 2020 | Science News for Students
A flying toilet might sound cool. You could imagine a hovercraft into which you can pee or poop. But the reality is a lot less fun. A flying toilet is a plastic bag into which someone relieves himself. Then? It’s thrown away. Pretty gross, right? So why would anyone do that? Because a great many [...]
October 7, 2020 | Pratt School of Engineering
Women and girls who menstruate are disproportionately affected when access to safely managed sanitation is lacking. Duke ECE engineer Sonia Grego and the team at the Center for WaSH-AID want to change that.
September 18, 2020 | Pratt School of Engineering
Washing our hands with soap and running water for at least twenty seconds helps prevent the spread of pathogens. For areas of the world where water is scarce, ECE faculty member Brian Stoner and his colleagues at WaSH-AID are reclaiming usable water from an unlikely source.
May 18, 2020 | BBC CrowdScience
Despite being a universal need, talking about our toilet use and the infrastructure that aids us remains somewhat taboo. Whilst sectors like telecommunications and computing have undergone rapid transformations over the past century, the flush toilet and wastewater system have mostly remained [...]
May 6, 2020
Although a visit to the Duke University Center for WaSH-AID was not in the cards, researcher Lena Trotochaud, Ph.D., recently found a way to share her expertise with a group of more than 40 curious high school students from Westhill High School in Syracuse, New York. Through Skype-a-Scientist, a [...]
April 13, 2020
In response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Duke Center for WaSH-AID, through our India Engineering Field Testing project (India EFT), is working to share evidence-based recommendations with partners and community members to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are sourcing [...]
April 3, 2020 | Duke University Pratt School of Engineering
Edgard Ngaboyamahina, a research scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Nanomaterials and Thin Films Lab and a member of the Duke Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID) team working to “Reinvent the Toilet,” has been awarded the [...]
February 25, 2020 | North Carolina Health News
University researchers are sharing more than $200 million in grant money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop small-scale sanitation systems. An estimated 4.2 billion people worldwide lack safe human waste disposal systems.
February 17, 2020 | Pratt School of Engineering
In two new papers published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, engineers from Duke University report on results from the first large-scale, real-world field trials of critical components of their off-grid sanitation system.
February 4, 2020 | Bass Connections
Some of the most important information about our health comes from an unexpected and decidedly icky source. Our daily excreta (yes, the feces and urine we flush away every day) can actually tell us a lot about our health and help us monitor our bodies for disease. A Bass Connections Team is working [...]
January 29, 2020
Fecal sludge is persnickety, to say the least. Team member Katelyn Sellgren joined a panel of experts for a webinar to explore the difficulties researchers face in the drying of fecal sludge and to discuss potential solutions to these challenges. Fecal sludge is pathogen-rich and drying mitigates [...]
December 9, 2019
On World Toilet Day, Center for WaSH-AID co-director and Duke professor Jeffrey T. Glass sat down with Juosie Loo at BFM89.9 - the Business Station - in Malaysia, to discuss headway being made to provide safe and effective sanitation to the 4.2 billion people who still lack this basic necessity.