There is good and bad news in the Healthy Homes Barometer 2019. The good news is that the vast majority of European children are reported as being in “good” or “very good” health. The bad news is that the research also showed that their health could be in jeopardy due to issues like leaky roofs, dampness, rot in windows and lack of access to daylight at home.
Our analysis predicts that decreasing dampness and noise and increasing daylight access, could improve the health status of about 1.2 million children under the age of 15 in the European Union, who today report living with poor health.
The loss of healthy life years is measured using the World Health Organization metric known as Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY). This metric, DALY, expresses the number of years lost to ill-health, disability or early death by looking at the gap between the ideal health situation – where everyone lives in perfect health to standard life expectancy – and the current health status of a population.