Housing

Housing

Poor housing and indoor environments cause or contribute to many preventable diseases and injuries, such as respiratory, nervous system and cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Examples of key housing-related health risks include: respiratory and cardiovascular diseases from indoor air pollution; illness and deaths from temperature extremes; communicable diseases spread because of poor living conditions, and risks of home injuries. Inadequate ventilation is also associated with a higher risk of airborne infectious disease transmission, including tuberculosis, as well as the accumulation of indoor pollutants and dampness, which are factors in the development of allergies and asthma. WHO, 2015

 

The vital contribution of housing to improving health outcomes for Wales

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Research has found strong links between overcrowding and particular health conditions, in both children and adults, including respiratory conditions, meningitis and helicobacter pylori, which are a cause of stomach ulcers.
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