Improving water, sanitation and hygiene in poor regions of Bangladesh helped overall health, but, contrary to expectations, did not improve children’s growth and development, according to a Stanford-led trial study in Bangladesh. Read more.
Toward Ending an Environmental Nightmare: Brick Kilns in South Asia
September 14, 2017
Brick kilns and their pollution are ubiquitous in South Asia. An interdisciplinary Stanford team is combining satellite data and political persuasion to track kilns, raise public awareness and incentivize kiln owners to use cleaner technologies. Read more: http://stanford.io/2eWHtCN
Lotus Water Project: Drinking Water Solution for Urban Slums
March 24, 2015
For many of the nearly one billion people living in urban slums around the world, finding a safe water supply is impossible. The Lotus Water Project is working to change that equation with a low-cost chlorination device. Unlike decades’ worth of proposed solutions before it, the affordable device would disinfect water at the point of collection, and require no behavior change from users. Read more.
Ten years ago, few researchers and experts crossed disciplines to collaborate in pursuit of environmental solutions. Today, thanks in part to the pioneering work of the Stanford Woods Institute, the landscape has changed dramatically. To mark that progress and lay the groundwork for future collaborative breakthroughs, Woods hosted a tenth anniversary symposium on Nov. 11, 2014. The event, moderated by School of Earth Sciences Dean Pamela Matson and San Jose Mercury News reporter Paul Rogers, brought together Stanford researchers, students and their colleagues in the water, conservation, sustainable development and public health fields.
Numerous studies demonstrate that regular handwashing with soap and water removes environmental contaminants and improves health. However, in settings where diarrhea is a leading cause of child death, handwashing with soap is uncommon. In this Environmental Forum held on Oct. 31, 2013, Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Steve Luby explores why this seemingly simple intervention has been so difficult to implement, and reviews research areas that could contribute to broader uptake of this lifesaving practice. (Note: video does not include entire presentation.)
Bats transmit the Nipah virus to humans through date palm sap, which the bats are known to lick (Video courtesy of Hossain MS Sazzad)
September 9, 2013
The Nipah virus, spread by bats, is killing people in Southeast Asia and could pose the threat of a global pandemic, says Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Stephen Luby. Climate change and other environmental factors could expand the bats' range.
Dr. Stephen Luby, Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow, outlines an agenda to address global water shortages and related health issues in coming decades - Otago International Health Research Network annual conference in Dunedin, New Zealand; Nov. 7, 2012.