At least 55,000 people are at risk in Al Rukban refugee camp which is located in southeastern Syria on the borders of Jordan and Iraq. According to community health workers diarrhea has become widespread, especially among women and children. In the past month 15 people have died, including two babies that died of malnutrition and inadequate medical care.
The camp was built in 2015, and is in a desert with harsh living conditions. Inhabitants of the camp are internally displaced as they fled violence from nearby areas.
Water is scarce, and refugees have resorted to drinking contaminated drinking water causing a rise in various illnesses. Medicine, medical supplies and formula are scarce, further complicating the situation. No medical or humanitarian aid has been allowed in the area since January 2018.