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

Stanford Water Researcher Advises Drought-Stricken Megacity »

December 19, 2014

Newsha Ajami of Water in the West program met with officials in São Paulo, Brazil, which may have only a few weeks of water supply left

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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Media Coverage

Restoring Threatened Mussels To Freshwater Could Cut E. Coli Contamination »

January 29, 2015

Cites research findings by Senior Woods Fellow Alexandria Boehm (Engineering), Senior Woods Fellow Richard Luthy (Engineering), and Niveen Ismail, a Stanford graduate student in environmental engineering, that mussels can remove contaminants such as Escherichia coli from freshwater.

By Puneet Kollipara, Chemical & Engineering News

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Woods at 10: a Video Overview

November 11, 2014

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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

Annual Reports