Category Archives: Research

Designing for Off Grid Sanitation: A Research Process Book

This specific design research process book is the result and synthesis of: • A market research analysis that showcases the current landscape of toilet products that are both off-grid and available for purchase on the United States market; • A critical analysis and literature review of the sanitation landscape; and • The results of a […]

A Rapid Technology Analysis: The Case for Self-Cleaning Technologies and Methodologies in Public Toilets

In 2020, we – a team of Georgia Tech Engineers Without Borders sanitation researchers and engineers –  joined the Wish for WASH Thinks (W4W)team to conduct this rapid technology analysis. We hypothesized that the development of a self-cleaning toilet mechanism could be a potential method for counteracting disease spread and to improve the overall user […]

A Critical Analysis: Bathroom and Toilet Engineering and Design Norms for Products that are Both On and Off-Grid

Wish for WASH Thinks seeks to expand the off-grid sanitation market. Sections 2 through 4 of this report provide an overview of design considerations, such as external design, sanitation concerns, disability accommodations, and composting options. Section 5 is an abbreviated market research landscape analysis that compares cost estimates and features for some of the toilets […]

Improving Public Health Through Smart Sanitation and Digital Water – Wish for WASH Case Study

On #WorldToiletDay 2020, a landmark report entitled “Improving Public Health through Smart Sanitation and Digital Water” was published by the Toilet Board Coalition and IWA Publishing! ✨ “The report reinforces the critical importance of data mapping and sharing, and the use of remote monitoring for managing disease outbreaks, to shift from a reactive to a more preventative response. Notably, these […]

2018-2020 Compost Research Project Reflection

The purpose of this experiment conducted by the Wish for WASH compost research team between 2018-2020 was to develop a method that properly composts horse manure into natural fertilizer within a variety of carbon to nitrogen ratios. Check out this quick write up about this project as members of the team learned and experimented with […]

Smart Sanitation—Biosensors as a Public Health Tool in Sanitation Infrastructure

In July 2020, the Wish for WASH health research team published our systematic literature review entitled “Smart Sanitation – Biosensors as a Public Health Tool in Sanitation Infrastructure” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health! 🎉 “This literature review addresses current research surrounding biosensors as a tool for public health surveillance and […]

Wish for WASH and Global Growers 2016-2017 Learning Report

This is a comprehensive overview following the Wish for WASH and Global Growers dry-toilet design, implementation and monitoring project that occurred at the Decatur Kitchen Garden between 2016 and 2017.

Wish for WASH + Save the Mothers: Mother Baby Friendly Hospital Sanitation Needs Assessment Report

This is a needs-assessment report written by Taylor Hendricks, Jasmine Burton, and Mary Ajwang via a joint project between Save the Mothers in Mukono, Uganda and Wish for WASH during the aforementioned writer’s Global Health Corps Fellowship year. The final report is intended for grant applications in an effort to improve the WASH conditions of […]

Public Pay for Use Toilet Pilot in Partnership with Population Services International

This was a consulting project where Jasmine Burton from Wish for WASH was contracted as a human-centered design consultant to support a public pay for use toilet pilot with Population Services International. Check out the project here!

Wish for WASH 2016 Learning Report

At the beginning of 2016, the Zambian branch of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) worked with Wish for WASH (W4W), a Georgia Tech founded student startup, to retrofit one of the three-hundred Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) toilets in a Lusaka’s peri-urban compound. The EcoSan toilets, originally […]