Flipping the Script

In sub-Saharan Africa, housing classified as “improved” by UN standards—better water and sanitation, sufficient living area and durable construction—doubled from 11% in 2000 to 23% in 2015, per a new study led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

But nearly 50% of urban populations still live in slum conditions with poor sanitation. This underscores the need to address inadequate housing which is linked to health outcomes like mental health and vector-borne diseases.

“Adequate housing is a human right,” says lead author Lucy Trusting; one that’s “particularly urgent in Africa where the population is predicted to more than double by 2050.”

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (news release)

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