#Syria A lack of #water and #sanitation
#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. 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.
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