Studying the health benefits of improved housing in rural Tanzania: challenges and progress

Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2023 Oct 3;117(10):678-681. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trad039.


Millions of affordable healthy homes are needed for the rapidly expanding population of sub-Saharan Africa. This enormous challenge is an opportunity to address pervasive health issues linked to housing, where diseases that most impact children-malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory tract infections-are often acquired. A pilot project in northern Tanzania demonstrated the potential of novel house designs to reduce infectious disease transmission in homes. To conduct a randomized controlled trial of one novel-design house, the research team moved to the southeast of the country. This article describes the challenges experienced during the construction and initial evaluation of the novel house.

Keywords: Africa; Tanzania; health; improved housing; rural.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Malaria* / epidemiology
  • Malaria* / prevention & control
  • Pilot Projects
  • Respiratory Tract Infections*
  • Tanzania / epidemiology