Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Public Health

Research Area block

Public health solutions must incorporate a multitude of contributing environmental factors.

The Stanford Woods Institute works with partners in low- and middle-income countries, primarily in Asia and Africa, to solve challenges facing water supply, water quality, sanitation, hygiene, health, energy and food production. Stanford researchers are working to strengthen the scientific basis for water and sanitation decision-making, enhance developing countries’ capacity for sustainable water and wastewater management and improve the health and well-being of households in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Research Centers and Programs

Osa & Golfito Initiative (INOGO) »

The Osa & Golfito Initiative (INOGO) is facilitating the development of a strategy for sustainable human development and environmental stewardship in Costa Rica’s Osa and Golfito region. INOGO works hand in hand with Costa Ricans in local communities, government, the private sector and NGOs. The goal is to generate a...

Water, Health & Development »

Working with partners in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, Stanford researchers with the Program on Water, Health & Development are identifying ways to improve and increase the sustainability of water supply and sanitation service delivery, while also enhancing capacity for sustainable water and wastewater management in developing countries.

News & Press Releases

Residents of a slum in Cap Haitien, Haiti bring home a container-based toilet

World Toilet Day: Not All Can Flush and Forget »

November 19, 2015

Chances are most people in the developed world can easily access a safe, convenient toilet. Globally, however, more than one in four people live in a world without access to a decent sanitation facility.

View More News & Press Releases

Media Coverage

Monterey-Based Researchers Use Nature to Fight Skin-Burrowing Parasites »

September 17, 2015

Quotes Woods Senior Fellow Giulio De Leo (Biology) and Woods Affiliate Susanne Sokolow on their research using prawns to fight Schistosomiasis in Senegal.

By Diana LaScala-Gruenewald, Monterey County Weekly

View More Media Coverage


View More Videos


Published Work
Low Demand for Nontraditional Cookstove Technologies »

June 11, 2012 - Lynn Hildemann, Grant Miller, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Puneet Dwivedi, Robert Bailis

Hands, Water and Health: Fecal Contamination in Tanzanian Communities with Improved, Non-Networked Water Supplies »

May 1, 2010 - Jennifer Davis, Amy Pickering, Alexandria Boehm, Sarah Walters, Helena Horak, Daniel Keymer, Douglas Mushi, Rachelle Strickfaden, Joshua Chynoweth, Jessie Liu, Annalise Blum, Kristen Rogers

Research Brief
Annual Reports