Today in New Zealand, the World Health Organisation will launch its guidelines for housing and health. And the link between the two is strong.
Globally there are millions of avoidable deaths each year from respiratory diseases, other infections, lead poisoning, high and low indoor temperatures and fires.
And we in Australia harbour such housing problems especially in Aboriginal communities — but myths abound about what these problems are and what causes them.
Chief Scientist, National Center for Healthy Housing, United States
Clinical Professor, University of Sydney
Dr Norman Swan