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

Coral-Safe Sunscreen »

North America - 2017

Coral reefs are enormously important for biodiversity, CO2 absorption, fisheries, and protection of coastlines from storm surges. Although corals are animals, they host photosynthetic algae in an essential symbiotic relationship. Corals face many threats, including rising seawater temperatures and pollution; exposure to sunscreens may be another. 

Respiratory Disease Solution »

Asia - 2017

Respiratory diseases are a leading cause of child death globally, killing approximately 1.3 million children per year. Poor indoor air quality is a major cause of these infections, and there are indications that improving ventilation could reduce respiratory illnesses. This project will develop and validate a computational framework for predicting...

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News & Press Releases

Microscopic view of Nipah virus.

The Next Global Pandemic? »

May 25, 2018

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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Media Coverage

Coverage: Q&A with Stanford epidemiologist and Nipah expert Stephen Luby on New Virus Outbreak  »

May 25, 2018

A recent outbreak of Nipah in South India has renewed interest in the virus, which has a mortality rate of up to 70 percent and has no vaccine or cure. Stephen Luby explains risk factors and potential interventions.

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Publications

Published Work
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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