In pictures - Water shortages and poor sanitation in displaced communities

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 waiting with her daughter for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent doctors at the Mobile Health Clinic visiting Al Adlieh shelter, Rural Damascus. Small children are particularly at risk from health complaints in temporary living environments. Syrian Red Crescent health workers are seeing an increase in diarrhoael diseases amongst young children. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC



Dr Tarek Tanira attends to a mother and baby at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent mobile clinic visiting a shelter in Al Adlieh, Rural Damascus. Small babies are particularly at risk of diarrhoeal diseases in shelter environments. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC


A classroom in a school in Al Adlieh, Rural Damascus, Syria. Each classroom is now home to an internally displaced family. Families work hard to maintain basic cleanliness and sense of normality, but living in a temporary environment makes people much more susceptible to disease. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent mobile health teams regularly visit shelters to monitor the situation.  Ibrahim Malla/IFRC


A woman shows the condition of a mattress at the shelter. It’s much harder to stay clean and healthy when you have a young family living in these conditions. Some children are bedwetting due to nightmares, and diarrhoeal diseases are also increasing. Lack of water to wash with or safe drinking water is a serious issue. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC


A woman sits amongst the belongings of her family in a classroom in Al Adlieh, Rural Damascus. This room is now their home after they fled the fighting. The whole family share this room for sleeping, eating and cooking. A water container (left) with lid prevents their water supply from being contaminated.  Ibrahim Malla/IFRC


A water tank installed by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent at a school in Al Adlieh being used as a shelter for internally displaced people. Many people living in temporary shelters are a risk from contaminated water supplies, or a lack of supplies altogether. Some shelters may be able to truck in water, but less reputable firms take water from unsafe sources. SARC volunteers installed this tank and also carry out hygiene promotion at the shelter in Rural Damascus.  Ibrahim Malla/IFRC