Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Public Health

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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

Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment  »

Scientists are discovering new links between human health and the health of the natural environment. At Stanford, researchers are studying these connections and pioneering ecological solutions to disease. The Program for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment works with experts in public health, ecology, engineering, computer science, medicine and the...

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.

Environmental Venture Projects

Tracking Parasite Hotspots »

Africa - 2018

Schistosomiasis is a devastating disease affecting 250 million people, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, that is caused by a parasite that lives in snails. Increasing risk of acquiring schistosomiasis has been clearly associated with the construction of dams and water management infrastructure in tropical and subtropical areas.

Mapping Intersection of Water, Climate and Disease Transmission »

Africa - 2018

Understanding the relationship between water resources, climate change and mobility can help us better understand disease transmission.

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News & Press Releases

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Warming Temperatures Could Increase Suicide Rates  »

July 23, 2018

By comparing historical temperature and suicide data, researchers found a strong correlation between warm weather and increased suicides. They estimate climate change could lead to suicide rate increases across the U.S. and Mexico.

By Michelle Horton, Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment

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Media Coverage

What could be the source of higher blood lead level in pregnant women? »

July 18, 2018

Study by Stephen Luby analysis the factors contributing to a high level lead in the blood of pregnant women in Bangladesh.

By Afrose Jahan Chaity, Dhaka Tribune

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Published Work
Typhoid Fever: Way Forward »

July 25, 2018 -

An immune clock of human pregnancy »

September 1, 2017 -

Pursuing water Security »

July 27, 2017 -

Package ‘demogR’ »

April 4, 2017 -

Low Demand for Nontraditional Cookstove Technologies »

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

Understanding Household Behavorial Risk Factors for Diarrheal Diseases in Dar es Salaam: A Photovoice Community Assessment »

September 28, 2011 - Jennifer Davis, Natalie Bradowski, Cynthia Castro, Maggie Montgomery, Simon Mamuya

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

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

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