Housing Improves Across Sub-Saharan Africa But About Half Of Urban Population Lives In Slums, Impacting Health

The Guardian: Housing in sub-Saharan Africa improves but millions of people live in slums
“From cities to the countryside, Africa has undergone a dramatic transformation in living conditions over the past 15 years, according to a new study. But the research, based on state of the art mapping and published in science journal Nature, also found that almost half of the the urban population — 53 million people across the countries analyzed — were living in slum conditions. Led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the study offers the first detailed estimate of housing quality in sub-Saharan Africa…” (McVeigh, 3/28).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Half urban population of sub-Saharan Africa still living in slums — study
“…The study found 47 percent of people in urban sub-Saharan Africa still lived in slum-like housing, meaning it was overcrowded, lacked good water or good sanitation, or was badly constructed. It found poor sanitation — a key contributor to disease — accounted for much of the substandard housing in the region, where 90 percent of the world’s malaria cases occur, according to the U.N. children’s agency. Tusting said improving housing and sanitation was an effective means of reducing transmission of diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika virus…” (Harrisberg, 3/27).

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