The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Established in 2004, The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (CGSW) at Emory University is a consortium of water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and health innovators, researchers, trainers and implementers from Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, CARE, the Carter Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Task Force for Global Health. The Center includes approximately 70 faculty, doctoral fellows and research staff, and >50 post-doctoral and MPH students in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory.

The three main activities of the Center are:

  1. Applied research,
  2. Training and capacity building, and
  3. Monitoring and evaluation to support WASH programs worldwide.

With a total funding package of approximately $20 million from various private and public donors, the CGSW’s current portfolio is comprised of approximately 40 studies in over 18 countries in the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The CGSW’s faculty, staff and students engage in applied research and evaluation to increase the scientific evidence base for safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions; communicate lessons learned from its research and evaluation activities; train and build capacity among local partners; and translate findings into public health practice and policy to improve health. A key strength of the CGSW is its ability to utilize innovative and rigorous scientific approaches to develop and test improved WASH solutions in low income settings, and to work with local partners to leverage resulting evidence bases to inform policy development and reform.