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Rising Temperatures, Poor Sanitation Increasing Health Risks For Syrian Refugees, Oxfam Says

“Aid organization Oxfam warned on Monday that the warmer weather will increase health-related risks for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, and appealed for urgent funds,” Agence France-Presse reports (5/20). “Oxfam said a combination of rising summer temperatures and poor sanitation posed increased health risks for the refugees,” BBC News notes (5/20). “Increased cases of public health-related diseases such as diarrhea and skin infections have already been recorded in host communities and temporary settlements where an increasing number of refugees now live,” Oxfam said, according to AFP. The organization “is aiming to raise $53.4 million (41.6 million euros) over the next year,” the news agency notes, adding, “So far Oxfam’s appeal is only 23 percent funded, the statement said” (5/20).