Should all humanitarian interventions be directed towards the promotion of health and wellbeing and the alleviation of suffering? Should health be the bridge that links the humanitarian sectors together? Or, alternatively, is adequate housing the prerequisite, without which physical and mental health, livelihoods, protection and recovery will always be elusive aspirations?The premise of the Shelter & Health Learning Day is that it is neither one thing nor the other. Good health and adequate housing are both fundamental rights. The linkages between them are well understood: a healthy home not only contributes to the physical and mental wellbeing of the family and community, but also to economic recovery, security and safety.