World health organization

Health and environment (Category: black and white)

Children playing under a bridge, Philippines

Life under the bridge

3rd prize
Photographer: Dennis Rito - Manila, Philippines

The quality of the urban environment plays an increasingly important role in public health. In the absence of appropriate and affordable housing and shelter, people are forced to live in unhealthy conditions. These children are part of a group of 40 families that live under this bridge in Manila. In such urban slums, proximity to waste and unhygienic housing conditions cause higher risk of diarrhoeal, water-borne and vector-borne diseases.

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