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.