Policy Research

In the Lantagne Group, we conduct laboratory, field, and policy implementation-based research to reduce the burden of infectious diseases. A key component of impact in reducing disease is translating research findings into action. In our group's policy research, we work to summarize information for, and train, decision-makers on how to implement evidence-based policy and decisions.

Current Projects

Assessing the Impacts of Coordination
Sponsor: UNICEF/Geneva

Completed Projects

What is the impact of WASH interventions in disease outbreaks in humanitarian emergencies?
Sponsor: Humanitarian Evidence Programme

What is the effectiveness of short term hygiene interventions (such as hand hygiene, water treatment, and waste disposal) conducted in emergency response situations?
Sponsor: 3ie

Desk Review: Maximizing the Effectiveness of WaSH Approaches on Malnutrition
Sponsor: Oxfam

Interpersonal Agreement to Support Haitian Government to Reduce the Burden of Cholera
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Yates T, Vujcic J, Leandre M, Gallandat K, and Lantagne D (2018). Water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions in outbreak response: a synthesis of evidence. Waterlines 37(1): 5-30.

Yates T, Vujcic J, Leandre M, Gallandat K, and Lantagne D (2018). Efficacy and effectiveness of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions in emergencies in low-and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Waterlines 37(1): 31-65.

Branz A, Levine M, Lehmann L, Bastable A, Ali SI, Kadir K, Yates T, Bloom D, and Lantagne D (2017). Chlorination of drinking water in emergencies: a review of knowledge to develop recommendations for implementation and research needed. Waterlines 36(1): 4-39.

String G and Lantagne D (2016). A systematic review of outcomes and lessons learned from general, rural, and country-specific Water Safety Plan implementations. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply 16(6): 1580-1594.

Mellor J, Levy K, Zimmerman J, Elliott M, Bartram J, Carlton E, Clasen T, Dillingham R, Eisenberg J, Guerrant R, Lantagne D, Mihelcic J, and Nelson K (2016). Planning for climate change: The need for mechanistic systems-based approaches to study climate change impacts on diarrheal diseases. Science of the Total Environment. 548-9: 82-90.

Lantagne D, Bastable A, Ensink J, and Mintz E (2015). Innovative WASH Interventions to Prevent Cholera. WHO Wkly Epid Rec. October 2, 2015.

Yates T, Lantagne D, Mintz E, and Quick R (2015). The Impact of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interventions on the Health and Well-Being of People Living With HIV: A Systematic Review. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 68, S318-S330.

Murray A, Pierre-Louis J, Joseph F, Sylvain G, Patrick M, and Lantagne D (2015). Need for certification of household water treatment products: examples from Haiti. Trop Med Int Health 20(4), 462-470.

Lantagne D, Person B, Smith N, Mayer A, Preston K, Blanton E, and Jellison K (2014). Emergency water treatment with bleach in the United States: the need to revise EPA recommendations. Environ Sci Technol 48(9), 5093-5100.

Lantagne D, Nair G, Lanata C, and Cravioto A (2014). The Cholera Outbreak in Haiti: Where and how did it begin? Curr Top Microbiol Immunol, 379, 145-164.

Rayner J, Skinner B, and Lantagne D (2013). Current practices in manufacturing locally-made ceramic pot filters for water treatment in developing countries. Journal of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Development 3(2), 252-261.

Lantagne D, Nair G, Lanata C, and Cravioto A (2012). The Origin of Cholera in Haiti. Journal of Disaster Research 7(6), 759-767.

Lantagne D, Khush R, and Montgomery M (2012). A toolkit for Monitoring and Evaluating Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Programmes, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Lantagne D and Clasen T (2012). Point-of-use water treatment in emergencies. Waterlines 31(1).