Housing and health

Poor housing and indoor environments cause or contribute to many preventable diseases and injuries, such as respiratory, nervous system and cardiovascular diseases and cancer. A degraded urban environment, with air and noise pollution and lack of green spaces and mobility options, also poses health risks.

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Poor indoor environments at school

Many children are exposed to poor indoor environments in schools, with issues including stuffy air, dampness and mould, uncomfortable temperatures and poorly functioning toilets. A new WHO report on environment and health conditions in European schools and kindergartens will contribute to discussions at the mid-term review of the European Environment and Health Process in Haifa, Israel, on 28–30 April 2015.

Housing and health regulations

Housing and construction regulations offer governments and local authorities a wide range of options to improve the housing conditions and thus the health of European citizens.

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Data and statistics

In the European Union alone there are about 80 million people living in relative poverty. Many of these people live in damp homes, with insufficient heating and inadequate sanitary equipment.

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