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Reducing infectious disease exposure among school-aged children in developing countries: The WaSH Up! Alliance, Stanford University (July 1, 2016 - Present)

WaSH Up! is a partnership between Sesame Street, World Vision, and Stanford University to reduce child disease and death by ensuring children have access to safe water and sanitation by practice healthy behaviors relators to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). Sesame Workshop has worked to created a new Muppet character named Raya, a girl ambassador who promotes safe WaSH practices. Sesame Workshop with World Vision announces a commitment to roll out WaSH Up! across 15 countries in the next six years. The team at Stanford University will be the primary evaluator and research partner, investigating school- and community-based interventions. Stanford will contribute a strong theoretical grounding leading to improvements
in program design and impact, to design a rigorous evaluation of the program’s impacts, and to
identify and pursue complementary research opportunities.


Lusaka, Zambia


  • Jenna Davis, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University