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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 37-40

Syrian refugee population and hosting countries: Understating the water needs and role of water on their relationship

Department of Neurosurgery, Narayana Medical College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. Amit Agrawal
Department of Neurosurgery, Narayana Medical College and Hospital, Chinthareddypalem, Nellore - 524 003, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ATMPH.ATMPH_776_16

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Availability of adequate water and access to sanitation is essential to life, health, dignity, and considered as a fundamental human right. Ongoing conflict in Syria has resulted in the displacement of millions of people into the neighboring countries which has put tremendous pressure on already limited water resources. This limited water supply (which is also related to the poor sanitation) has increased the risk of water-borne diseases in the refugee population. Further, this increased demand of water and gap in supply has the potential to increase the tension between refugee population and local population. In the present article, we review the role of water, water needs, challenges to supply adequate water, and the effect of water needs and supply on the displaced and host population in the region.

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