The Center for Global Safe Water (CGSW) conducts applied research, evaluation, and training to promote global health equity through universal access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for the world's most vulnerable populations.

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Ensuring the rotavirus vaccine works better

Malnutrition may impede its efficacy in developing countries like Boliva

Since the Bolivian government introduced it in 2008, the rotavirus vaccine has yielded dramatic results overall, averting 6,400 hospitalizations and 500 deaths annually. But Juan Leon, a Rollins researcher who was born in Peru and lived in Bolivia as a teenager, believes the vaccine could be more effective. As studies show, vaccine efficacy ranges from 18% to 64% in low-income countries, compared with 77% to 98% in higher-income countries. Click here for the entire article.


New Study Suggests Building Toilets Alone Won't Solve Indian Sanitation Woes

The program was "effective in building latrines, but not all households participate," lead author Prof. Thomas Clasen of Emory University in Atlanta said in a statement. Poor hygiene practices, water contamination and unsafe disposal of baby poop also likely contributed to the problem, he said, though the researchers said more work was needed to understand the complex problem and how to fix it. For the entire article, please click here.


The Center for Global Safe Water Seminar Series kicks off September 15, 2014!

The 2014 CGSW Seminar Series kicks off at noon on September 15 with a presentation by Clara Burgert: DHS Geographic Data for Water, Sanitation, and Beyond.


Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data have a wealth of information on health and demographic topics that are relevant for researchers looking to understand the context of their research questions within a country or region. This talk will focus on the available geographic data from the DHS surveys for basic and advanced GIS users, with a special focus on water, sanitation, and related topics. The talk will also highlight opportunities for and limitations with using the geographic components of the DHS data in analysis, evaluation, and program targeting.


The 1-hour seminar will be held in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Room 6001. For more information contact Kat Peters.


Sanipath Rapid Assessment Tool and Impact on Schoolchildren in Ghana (video interview).

CGSW Program Associate, Habib Yakubu, was interviewed on Joy TV, a major news outlet in Ghana on the Sanipath Rapid Assessment Tool Launch and implications of the study on school children in Ghana. Please click this: Habib Yakubu Interviewed on Joy TV to see the interview. It begins at the :17-minute mark.



Please join the faculty, researchers and staff of the Center for Global Safe Water for our Annual Open House event, September 5, 2014. It will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the Rita Ann Rollins Conference Room, Grace Crum Rollins Building in the Rollins School of Public Health.


Presentations will include an overview of the CGSW, current faculty research projects, the WASH Certificate program and upcoming GFE opportunities!


For more information, directions and to RSVP, please contact Kat Peters by September 4, 2014


Congratulations 2014 WASH Certificate Graduates!


Pictured left to right: Ledor Igboh, Hugh Henry Green, Jacqui Hurd, Anita Kambhampati, Grayson Privette and Samantha Lie-Tjauw (not pictured: Andrea Martinsen and Han-Hsuan Tsai)


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New 2014 publications by CGSW faculty, Dr. Matthew Freeman and Dr. Thomas Clasen. Please click on the titles to link to the specific publication!


Geographical Inequalities in Use of Improved Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation across Sub-Saharan Africa: Mapping and Spatial Analysis of Cross-sectional Survey Data


Effect of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene on the Prevention of Trachoma: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


Child Feces Disposal Practices in Rural Orissa: A Cross Sectional Study


Double Header! The last two seminars of the CGSW 2013-2014 Seminar Series will be held on April 15th and April 18th, 2014.


On April 15th, Kelly Gallo, MPH,from the Children Without Worms Division of theTaskforce for Global Health, will present on control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which affects more than one billion of the world's poorest people. Click here for more information about the seminar.


For more on WASH behavior and NTD's please visit this website to download versions of WASH and the Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Manual for WASH Implementers. WASH implementers to easily access relevant information and maps about the NTDs endemic in their countries of practice.


April 18th, Dr. Joe Brown, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech will present: Shared Sanitation and Health in Urban Maputo. For more information about this seminar, click here.


Click HERE to watch the CGSW 2014 World Water Day Event: GREEN WATER: Examining Health, Human Rights, and Business Impacts of Water Privatization (REGISTRATION REQUIRED).



Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport recently outfitted every water fountain in the airport with MD-Cu29 Antimicrobial Copper alloy surfaces made by Hussey Copper. With support from the airport and Hussey Copper, Center for Global Safe Water at Emory faculty member, Dr. Amy Kirby, tested the efficacy of the new antimicrobial surfaces at reducing bacteria on the surface of the fountain. The new fountains showed an 81.6% reduction in the bacteria on the surface compared to the older, stainless steel fountains. To read more about the study, click here.


Busogo Health Center in Musanze District of Rwanda launches Amazi Asukuye Safe Water Kiosk.


A new “safe water kiosk” aimed at improving drinking water quality and health in rural areas of Rwanda launched on Aug. 14, 2013, with 2 others scheduled for completion by Dec 31, 2013. Sponsored by the General Electric Foundation, the Amazi Asukye Safe Water Kiosk program will sell purified drinking water to the local community at an affordable price, with proceeds used to sustainably operate an adjoining water treatment facility.The Republic of Rwanda, Ministry of Health, Health Center of Busogo Sector, in collaboration with the Access Project Rwanda, Assist International, and the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, are co-sponsoring the project.


Amazi Asukye is an effort to improve drinking water quality for good health and to support Vision 2020 by increasing access to safe water.


Click here for the video.


Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Freeman and his co-authors for an article entitled “Integration of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for the Prevention and Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Rationale for Inter-Sectoral Collaboration" published in the PLOS Neglected Tropical Disease Journal (Sept 2013).

The article was viewed 3,400 times within the first several weeks of publication. It was the most accessed article in September 2013. This work was a collaborative effort with a number of key partners, including: Taskforce for Global Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Millennium Water Alliance, UC Berkeley, Carter Center, Imperial College (London), WASH Advocates, World Vision, CARE International, CDC, Helen Keller International, USAID, ORBIS International, Plan International, WaterAid (UK & America), Sabin Vaccine Institute, Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute & University of Basel (Switzerland).


Abstract: Improvements of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and appropriate health-seeking behavior are necessary for achieving sustained control, elimination, or eradication of many neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Indeed, the global strategies to fight NTDs include provision of WASH, but few programs have specific WASH targets and approaches. Collaboration between disease control programs and stakeholders in WASH is a critical next step. A group of stakeholders from the NTD control, child health, and WASH sectors convened in late 2012 to discuss opportunities for, and barriers to, collaboration. The group agreed on a common vision, namely “Disease-free communities that have adequate and equitable access to water and sanitation, and that practice good hygiene.” Four key areas of collaboration were identified, including (i) advocacy, policy, and communication; (ii) capacity building and training; (iii) mapping, data collection, and monitoring; and (iv) research. We discuss strategic opportunities and ways forward for enhanced collaboration between the WASH and the NTD sectors.


For full text of the article, click here.


So, you want to connect with the faculty and staff of The Center for Global Safe Water? Here are 6 ways to "Plug-In" to our Center Activities:

1. Sign up for the CGSW listserv by emailing Kat Peters. You will receive email alerts and announcements about CGSW events, opportunities and jobs.

2. Attend the monthly CGSW Seminar Series.

3. Connect with our faculty and staff. Join us at our upcoming Open House on September 27. RSVP is required.

4. Consider a RSPH Graduate Certificate in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). See the WASH Certificate website for details.

5. Drop by and say "hello"! Many of our faculty and staff are located in Suite 6050 of the Claudia Nance Rollins Building at Emory University.

6. Spend the summer with us. Look for Global Field Experience (GFE) Opportunities in WASH. Sign up a the upcoming GFE Open House in early fall.


New Rose Salamone Gangarosa Chair in Sanitation and Water at Rollins School of Public Health

"Dr. Clasen has had a highly distinguished career as a trailblazer on health issues of global importance,” says Jim Curran, MD, MPH, dean of Rollins School of Public Health. "His presence here at Rollins will advance the water and sanitation program to new heights."


After 20 years as a successful international corporate lawyer, Clasen turned his focus to global health, obtaining a doctorate from the University of London and joining the faculty at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in 2004. He has since published over 65 peer-reviewed papers and developed a stellar record in applied research and supervision of graduate students.


"We are extremely proud to announce that Dr. Clasen has been named to this prestigious endowed chair," says Christine Moe, PhD, Eugene J. Gangarosa professor of Safe Water and Sanitation and director of the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. "Dr. Clasen’s research has led to great strides in our understanding of the health impact of water and sanitation interventions in developing countries. His expertise and experience, including his unique background in the private sector, will be a tremendous contribution to our research program and to our students as we train and mentor future global health leaders in this area.” For more information on Dr. Clasen's background and appointment, please click here.


Graduate Certificate in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene now available for RSPH students

The Rollins School of Public Health and the Center for Global Safe Water proudly announces the new Graduate Certificate in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for all Rollins students.Please click here to view the new course website and for more information!







Please excuse broken links as this site is still under construction. For more information or to contact the Center faculty and staff, please email Kathleen Peters





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