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Stanford researchers with the Program on Water, Health & Development are working to improve the health and well-being of communities by creating the knowledge, skills and solutions needed to support effective management of water and wastes, and to ensure sustained, equitable access to water supply and sanitation services.

Effective, sustainable management of water and waste is essential for economic development and the protection of both human and environmental health. Population growth, urbanization, increased consumption and climate change make it increasingly difficult to ensure reliable water and sanitation service access. Never has it been more important to guide decision-making – from the individual to the global level – with credible, actionable evidence.

Program researchers address issues such as water quality and quantity, sanitation and hygiene, health and resource recovery for energy and food production. Their goals are to strengthen the scientific basis for water and sanitation decision-making, and ultimately to improve the health and well-being of households in some of the world’s poorest countries.

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Jenna Davis

Associate Dean for Integrative Initiatives in Institutes and International Partnerships, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability and Higgins-Magid Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute