The World Health Organisation (WHO) Primary Healthcare Strategy made the statement that health improvements were not merely the result of biomedical and technological advances; a focus on the poor and community participation in healthcare also contributed to positive health outcomes. Often the settings in which people are located contribute to ill health (e.g. a lack of sanitation and proper shelter). Although we recognise that there is no all-encompassing solution that can be provided for healthcare at a communiTgrow level, we eliminate some of the location based factors that create health problems. The communiTgrow approach is to support existing initiatives where they sustain the philosophy of regenerative city-making, as well as provide additional programmes where there are gaps in current approaches. The Ottawa Charter states that “health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday lives: where they live, work, play and love.” It is also worth mentioning that the causes of ill- health generally are often closely related to the lack of services such as potable water provision, sewage and sanitation and waste disposal. This salutogenic approach (an approach focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease) to healthcare focusses on creating a healthy environment, a caring culture and necessary institutions that work together to uphold the rules and operative practices that allow the health of individuals and the community to thrive.
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