24 Jun 2013
In 1985, architect Paul Pholeros was challenged by the director of an Aboriginal-controlled health service to "stop people getting sick" in a small indigenous community in south Australia. The key insights: think beyond medicine and fix the local environment. In this sparky, interactive talk, Pholeros describes projects undertaken by Healthabitat, the organization he now runs to help reduce poverty - through practical design fixes - in Australia and beyond. A large proportion of diseases that affect people in the developing world are infectious diseases that are caused by their living environments
Improving access to and ensuring that people have properly working toilets and showers in their homes, for example, can reduce the disease burden on poor communities. To be able to wash young children at least once a day is vitally important for their long-term health, argues Pholeros.
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