Theme: Water and sanitation
The challenges of accessing good water and sanitation services are compounded when you’re also dealing with disability.
In the last six months there has been a steady increase in people fleeing violence in South Sudan and looking for safety in Palorinya. Resources, and the capacity of the government and humanitarian agencies, are stretched.
Almost two years of worsening conflict has left hospitals and health facilities across Yemen either severely damaged or in many cases out of action entirely. In addition to injuries caused by the fighting, there is a growing need for treatment and prevention of communicable diseases such as dengue fever and cholera.
Lebanese Red Cross volunteers are helping Syrian refugee women to tackle hygiene and health related taboos by group discussions. With support from the Japanese Government, 12,000 women receive women’s emergency kits in Lebanon.
Women take off their shoes and gather around in a small room at Kneisseh refugee settlement in northern Lebanon, which is home to around 100 Syrian refugee families. It’s time for some ladies’ talk.
Earlier this year, during a visit to rural Zimbabwe, I met Victor digging in the middle of the dry Mudzi riverbed. Kneeling in the dirt next to him, I asked what he was doing. “Digging for water,” he said. He had indeed been digging for about an hour, he explained, and managed to draw about half a gallon of dirty water.