WaSH-AID: Creating Solutions
The Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Health, and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID), funded initially by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is aggressively tackling the challenges of urban and rural sanitation. WaSH-AID is radically redesigning onsite waste treatment under the Gates Foundation's "Reinvent the Toilet" Challenge (RTTC) – with prototype systems delivered to India and South Africa. WaSH-AID is also funded by the Gates Foundation to work with over 20 academic and industry partners around the world to address technology gaps and lower the risk of introducing new products and technologies. The team is leveraging global talent and partnerships to expand fundamental science to prototyping and deployment of WASH technologies that benefit health and the environment.
As one of the nation’s top universities, with a world-class health system and clinical research institute, Duke University invests heavily in creating real-world solutions for real-world challenges. Campus-wide initiatives - such as WaSH-AID, Forge and MEDx - encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation across all ten schools, with particular emphasis on medicine, engineering, and data science. The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy explores practical, evidence-based solutions to improve health care. The Center for Advanced Social Entrepreneurship, the Office of Licensing & Ventures, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, and The Chesterfield (home to WaSH-AID) are just a few nodes in an entrepreneurial ecosystem linking campus-based talent with regional, national, and international expertise.
The WaSH-AID Team