Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and the London School

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are fundamental to public health and the mission of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Hygiene is intrinsic to the school’s name and its main lecture theatre is named for the great epidemiologist, John Snow. Since the appointment of Dr H.H. Clay in 1929 as a Lecturer in Domestic Sanitary Engineering, the London School has continued to research, teach and engage with policy makers on WASH and health. Founded on this long history the London School has built an international reputation as the leading research institute in this field. The Environmental Health Group continues in this tradition.

The Environmental Health Group

The Environmental Health Group (EHG) is the focus for the School’s work on WASH and health. Founded as part of the Ross Institute for Tropical Health, the EHG has had a succession of eminent leaders from Prof David Bradley to Sir Richard Feachem and Prof Sandy Cairncross. For over three decades, the EHG has produced world-class research in the area of WASH and health, driving science, as well as policy and practice. While many research centres look at environmental health interventions from the perspective of a single discipline; the EHG is unique in its combination of engineering with epidemiology, biology, the social sciences and economics. Its members have unusually extensive experience of the implementation and management of environmental health interventions in developing countries enabling them to bridge between research and policy. In recent years, the EHG has won a succession of large research grants, published a number of important papers and books, and influenced changes in public and private sector policy.

The EHG encompasses the Hygiene Centre, and the SHARE Consortium but also manages other research projects.

This site aims to provide a useful introduction the people and projects coordinated by the EHG and our partners. You can follow what’s going on within the group by taking a look at our up to date listings of news and events, our range of available publications and you listen to talks and presentations about our work via the media section of this webpage.

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