The objective of this book is to encourage administrations to formulate a sound housing policy to solve basic health-related housing problems and to meet WHO's objective of healthful housing for all by the year 2000. The principles of healthy housing have universal applicability, as most countries of the developed world have areas of slum or otherwise insanitary housing.
It is hoped that this guide will be used extensively as a reference to basic health requirements for new housing and human settlements and as a guide for assessing the hygienic quality of existing housing. The book would sit well alongside inter-professional and community education programmes.
Part 1 General considerations: healthy housing - an interpretation; the challenge of slum housing; housing and health; collection of data; interaction of housing conditions and disease; parameters of health; general healthy housing needs. Part 2 Technical and social requirements: housing layout requirements; space and density requirements; social requirements; shelter requirements; design and constructional requirements; sanitation requirements; indoor air quality requirements; indoor climate requirements; home safety requirements; special housing requirements. Part 3 Operational and organizational requirements: regular inspection and appraisal of housing stock to ascertain hygienic quality; adoption of appropriate policies for dealing with slums and insanitary housing; rehousing the homeless and persons from slums and insanitary housing; intersectoral cooperation for corporate planning and management of health housing policies; basic housing standards, legislation and codes to fulfil fundamental human health needs; incorporation of environmental health and healthy housing requirements into planning policies; planning policies to include rural improvement and spatial development schemes; special provision for shanty town upgrading and prevention; adequate institutional, organizational and operational arrangements for implementing healthy housing policies; adequate financial resources for remedying insanitary housing conditions; suitable planning and routine repair and maintenance policies adopted for prevention of insanitary housing; involvement and participation of the community and women in healthy housing policies; educational measures to support healthy housing programmes. Appendix: WHO Criteria for healthy housing.
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 24th October 1991
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1