We work with local communities to improve their homes for better health.
Our data and knowledge show that small repairs and improvements to the mechanics of a house can make a significant impact.
Housing for Health
The primary focus of Healthabitat’s work are Housing for Health projects. We work with poor people. We work in the places they live, and the work is done to improve their health. It improves the parts of their physical environment that are needed to keep people healthy.Learn More
Safety and the Nine Healthy Living Practices
Housing for Health projects are guided by Safety and the 9 Healthy Living Practices (HLP’s). These principles are derived from local, national and international health research.
These 9 goals are ordered in priority of health impact. After safety, the most important goal is washing people especially children aged 0-5 years old.Learn More
Lack of routine maintenance
Our work focuses on improving “health hardware” or the physical equipment needed to ensure housing and environments support good health.
74% of our work is due to lack of routine maintenance. 19% of the things we fix are due to faulty construction, while just 7% is caused by damage/misuse.Learn More
Improved house function
The link between a poor living environment and poor health has been long established, we know that increased house function = reduced chance of infectious disease.
We test and check and fix 250 items in every house. This work is put into a database to prioritise jobs to maximise health improvement and measure the impact our work makes.
For example, we know that nationally a Housing for Health project will improve working showers from 38% to 88%.Learn More
How to reduce poverty? Fix homes! The late Paul Pholeros at TEDx Sydney
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CPC update – “This is the first time a promise has been kept”20/07/2020
Update on the latest CPC at Navajo Mountain, USA. Healthabitat and long term partners IAPMO have officially wrapped up, the CPC (Community Plumbing Challenge): Navajo Mountain in Arizona. This saw plumbers and other trades invited into tough places not just to write reports but to actually get their hands dirty and improve the living environment in tough situations.
The Germ Story No.322/06/2020
From the archive: a cartoon by the late Paul Pholeros done as part of the UPK work, which preceded Healthabitat but is continued by HH Director Stephi Rainow. These drawings give you a clear idea of what Healthabitat does and how the living environment can affect your health.