WHO housing and health guidelines

The quality of housing has major implications for people’s health. Poor housing is associated with a wide range of health conditions such as respiratory diseases including asthma, cardiovascular diseases, injuries, mental health and infectious diseases including tuberculosis, influenza and diarrhoea. . Housing is becoming increasingly important to public health due to demographic and climate changes, according to the latest WHO Housing and health guidelines. The guidelines provide new evidence-based recommendations on how to reduce major health risks associated with poor housing conditions in 4 areas: Inadequate living space (crowding); Low and high indoor temperatures; Injury hazards in the home; and Accessibility of housing for people with functional impairments.

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