What We Do

Inadequate housing makes it impossible for people, particularly vulnerable and at-risk communities, to achieve health.

ARCHIVE Global (Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments) is an award-winning international organization that uses housing design as a key preventative strategy in improving health outcomes in vulnerable communities around the world. Through simple, innovative, and cost-effective built environment interventions paired with community health awareness campaigns, our research has proven that these strategies improve the health-outcomes of our beneficiaries.

Learn more about Our Story.

Our Work

Each of our projects focuses on one specific health concern and one specific built intervention to improve the targeted health concern, and encompass research, the design of the built environment, and advocacy. Communities of need exist in both developing and developed countries, and our projects reflect that. Explore all of our Work.

Handwashing Stations to Combat COVID-19 in Savar, Bangladesh
Savar, Bangladesh
Mud to Mortar
Savar and Dhamrai Upazila, Bangladesh
Ekibada: Our Periods Matter
Maina Parish, Mayuge District, Uganda
Health and Housing in Haiti
Saint-Marc, Haiti
Building Malaria Prevention
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Building Sanitation in Idenau
Idenau Municipality, Cameroon
Sanitation for Health in Delhi
Aya Nagar, Delhi, India
Happy Healthy Households
Brent and Newham, London, UK
Breathe Easy Camden
Camden County, New Jersey, United States
Active Aging in NYC: Design for Health
New York, NY, USA
CHAI Mosquito-Proof Housing in Namibia
Districts of Mashosho, Simanya, Onoonga, Oupale, Onandjamba A, Omatako, Namibia
Building out Chagas
Bolivia
Healthy Air, Healthy Living
Oromia, Ethiopia
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News & Insights

Stay informed with updates, projects, reports, and upcoming events on the ARCHIVE Instagram Feed.

The Neglected Tropical Diseases classification accounts for 20 different conditions, prevalent in tropical regions where they mainly affect vulnerable communities, predominantly women and children.

The epidemiology of NTDs is often related to #EnvironmentalConditions such as poor #sanitation, limited access to safe #water, and difficulty in accessing proximate and affordable #healthcare. Because NTDs affect under-resourced communities they are exactly that - neglected. This means that prevention is key and improved living conditions are critical to ensuring that.

January 30th is #WorldNTDDay.
This year, you too can take the action towards ending NTD’s. By donating to ARCHIVE Global, you are helping us improve the health outcomes in vulnerable communities around the world.
Donate today: https://archiveglobal.org/donate/
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ARCHIVE joins the @holocaustmuseum in marking today—International #HolocaustRemembranceDay, the anniversary of the liberation of #Auschwitz-Birkenau—to honor the memory of Europe’s Jews, who were targeted for annihilation. www.ushmm.org/IHRD2023

The persecution of Jews began immediately after Nazi leaders came to power. From 1933 until the end of the war, almost 400 decrees, laws, and directives were adopted, gradually causing restrictions on the human rights of Jews in Germany. Their safety was endangered in public spaces, at their jobs, and even in their homes.

As an example, a decree adopted in April 1938 required all Jewish-owned property in excess of 5,000 Reichsmarks (about $34K today) to be reported. This inventory was later used as means for systematic confiscation by the state and was the final step in the Nazi plan to impoverish and exclude Jewish communities from the German economy.
(https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/antisemitic-legislation-1933-1939)

Accommodation became a rare commodity for all countries affected by war, hitting Jewish population the worst. In 1939 Jews could be evicted from their homes without notice. (https://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/voices/info/decrees/decrees.html)

ARCHIVE Global stand against all types of #discrimination, especially those that strip people from their #HousingRights and their basic #HumanRights.
We continue to work on designing and building safe and stable housing environments for vulnerable communities around the globe.

#holocaustremembranceday #WW2 #housingrights #buildinghealthdifferently
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Breaking News: The latest phase of our Mud to Mortar project is kicking off! We will build 40 new #ConcreteFloors for families living on dirt floors. This upgrade makes them much easier to #clean, more #hygienic, and #safer. Our local partner ADESH is busy visiting the participating families, collecting data and acquiring construction materials.

Like our previous phases of this project, we expect the new floors to reduce illness like diarrhea and intestinal parasites, stress, and the economic burden of disease.

This phase is unique because ADESH will train 40 women in masonry construction, then employ them on the construction of the floors. Women in Bangladesh are traditionally limited in their employment opportunities, so this will provide much-needed diversity. With this gender nonconforming opportunity they will gain employable skills and knowledge that can serve to generate income for themselves while improving conditions throughout their community.
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On the Blog

Find out the latest in health and the built environment on our Blog Feed.

COVID-19 Reminds Us of the Role of Housing in the Fight for Women's Equality

COVID-19 has brought the issue of housing to the forefront as the world was instructed to shelter in place. Unfortunately, the effects of this pandemic have been disproportionately worse for women around the world and has been hard-hitting in key areas like financial stability and economic growth, health and safety, and has hindered progress in […]

Interview with Mario Novas, Director of Hacer Mucho Con Poco

In February, ARCHIVE hosted an exclusive screening of the film Hacer Mucho Con Poco, offering an exciting and inspiring look at a new “architectural movement” coming out of Ecuador. The film focused on how the discipline can be made more accessible through creative uses of local materials and new approaches to funding. Hacer Mucho Con […]

Architecture and Global Health: Demonstrating the Links

The built environment mediates our exposure to the outer world, yet how it does so is rarely discussed- probably because there is little credible evidence in the first place on how exactly actions in the built environment affect health, nutrition, or other spheres of life. How should such a conversation begin? The work that ARCHIVE does in low- […]

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