Healthy Homes in Tropical Zones: Improving Rural Housing in Asia and Africa

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Edition Axel Menges, 2014 - Architect-designed houses - 299 pages
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Early nomadic shelters, including caves, animal skin tents, and igloos, were used for protection against the wind, rain, snow, sun- light, and other forces of nature. These basic homes also provided defence against pr edators and wer e used to stor e a few impor - tant possessions. They wer e temporar y, and pr oximity to a water sour ce was of prime impor tance. Health and comfort were not yet under consideration. As civili- zation evolved, housing became mor e per manent, with incr easing attention to well-being. The housing and utilities available in rich countries are vastly different from those in poorer settings. Unlike in industrialised countries where piped-in water, indoor toilets, and sewage systems are the norm, in the developing world these facili- ties are often not available. Waterborne enteric diseases, prevent- able by the supply of safe water, hand washing, and appropriate sanitation, continue to be a major disease bur den in poor coun- tries. V ector-borne diseases that can be controlled by screening and other bar rier methods also remain an important health pro- blem. Safe, comfor table, and healthy homes are an essential re- quisite for healthy living around the world, irrespective of culture or socio-economic status.

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Jakob Knudsen is an architect and professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. Lorenz von Seidlein is a physician who has practiced medicine in Africa, Asia, the United States, and Europe. He is currently working on malaria research in Darwin, Australia, and Bangkok, Thailand.

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