The catastrophic damage on infrastructure in Syria has had a massive effect on the sanitation systems in the country.
Many water stations and sewage systems have been destroyed or left abandoned. Waste collection services have virtually disappeared in most cities. Piles of rubbish left in the streets, and dirty water have resulted in widespread illnesses and water-born diseases.
These are also extremely prevalent in camps within the country, where large numbers of internally displaced people have settled, with limited access to hygiene supplies and clean water.
As part of our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme:
- We distribute hygiene kits which include items such as soap, nappies, sanitary products, toothpaste, sponges and advice leaflets
- We’re helping to restore systems to get them back up and running. In 2015 we rehabilitated 8 water stations in Aleppo to provide clean drinking water to parts of the city
- We’ve also worked on restoring and maintaining sewage systems to help stop the spread of contamination and provide efficient disposal of sewage
- We’ve installed public bins in parts of Aleppo, and employed staff to work on regular refuse collection
- We install toilets and showers in refugee camps for the internally displaced to combat hygiene problems
- We regularly carry out hygiene awareness campaigns to educate people on how to maintain hygiene when living in difficult conditions with limited resources