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#Syria A lack of #water and #sanitation

Thu, 24Jul2014

#Syria A lack of #water and #sanitation in displaced communities leads to a rise in #communicablediseases – IFRC http://ow.ly/zyYcg

Published: 24 July 2014 11:08 CET

A woman collecting washing at the Al Adlieh shelter in Rural Damascus, Syria. Living in close quarters with many other families makes it essential to keep clothes and bedding clean to prevent the risk of skin diseases and lice. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent have installed water tanks at this shelter. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC

A woman collecting washing at the Al Adlieh shelter in Rural Damascus, Syria. Living in close quarters with many other families makes it essential to keep clothes and bedding clean to prevent the risk of skin diseases and lice. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC…..
 

 

By Penny Sims, IFRC

Polluted water supplies, hot weather and serious water shortages are bringing the threat of disease to vulnerable communities in Syria. Clinics and health volunteers are already seeing an increase in hepatitis A, typhoid and diarrhoea, and skin complaints, especially from internally displaced people (IDPs) living in communal shelters.

A toxic combination of crowded unsanitary living conditions, cuts to some regular water supplies and contamination of alternative water sources makes for a worrying situation.

– See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/middle-east-and-north-africa/syria/a-lack-of-water-and-sanitation-in-displaced-communities-leads-to-a-rise-in-communicable-diseases/#sthash.ynQMcRLh.dpuf

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