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Environmental burden of disease associated with inadequate housing

Creator:

World Health Organization (WHO)

Subject Keywords: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, HEALTH STATUS, HOUSING STANDARD, RISK ASSESSMENT, RISK FACTOR
Set: Fuel Poverty
Chronic Conditions
Methodology
Health Inequalities
Type: Guideline
Region: International (other)
Description:

This guide describes how to estimate the disease burden caused by inadequate housing conditions for the WHO European Region as well as for subregional and national levels. It contributes to the WHO series of guides that describe how to estimate the burden of disease caused by environmental and occupational risk factors. An introductory volume to the series outlines the general methodology.In this context, the WHO Regional Office for Europe took up the challenge to quantify the health effects of inadequate housing and convened an international working group to quantify the health impacts of selected housing risk factors, applying the environmental burden of disease (EBD) approach.The guide outlines, using European data, the evidence linking housing conditions to health, and the methods for assessing housing impacts on population health. This is done for twelve housing risk factors in a practical step-by-step approach that can be adapted to local circumstances and knowledge. This guide also summarizes the recent evidence on the health implications of housing renewal, and provides a national example on assessing the economic implications of inadequate housing.The findings confirm that housing is a significant public health issue. However, to realize the large health potential associated with adequate, safe and healthy homes, joint action of health and nonhealth sectors is required.

Date:

01/01/2011

Rights: © World Health Organization
Suggested citation:

World Health Organization (WHO). (2011) Environmental burden of disease associated with inadequate housing [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/87948 [Accessed: 24th January 2018].

  

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