Journal Article

Housing conditions and health in Jalazone Refugee Camp in Palestine

2006
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Abstract
We investigated some of the housing conditions at Jalazone Refugee Camp and their impact on refugees' health inside the camp, especially those with respiratory symptoms and diseases. A randomized sample of 200 housing units, representing one fifth of the camp's population, was selected. Approximately half of the people in our sample were under 15 years. Overcrowding and high population density were significant. There was a statistically significant relationship between some respiratory conditions (common cold, cough, tonsillitis and ear infection) and poor housing conditions (including damp and mould), overcrowding and high population density. A radical solution for the housing problem is needed to avert further negative health impacts.
Year
2006
Language
English
Date Published
Jan-Mar
Volume
12
Pages
144-52
Accession Number
17037232
ISBN Number
1020-3397 (Print)1020-3397 (Linking)
Journal Name
East Mediterr Health J
Keywords
Health Status
Adolescent
Adult
Causality
Child
Preschool
Crowding
Environmental Exposure
adverse effects
analysis
Family Characteristics
Fungi
Health Surveys
Humans
Humidity
Infant
Middle East
epidemiology
Occupations
statistics & numerical data
Population Density
Public Housing
Questionnaires
Refugees
Respiratory Tract Infections
etiology
Sampling Studies
Ventilation
Waste Management
Water Supply