The ReciproBoo Shelter Kit (RSK)

Winner of the AidEx

Innovation Award 2015

 THE NEED                                              

In 2017 the World Health Organisation  reported  from Cox’s Bazar  that the highest proportion (24%) of recorded deaths in the refugee camps was due to acute respiratory infection. In children under 5 years old the proportion was even higher at 31%.

 WHAT CAN BE DONE ?                       

One of the main factors that increases the incidence of acute respiratory infections is living in overcrowded and poorly ventilated shelters. The RSK  shelter uses an innovation that greatly  facilitates the building of better ventilated shelters thereby reducing this hazard .

 THE INNOVATION                             

The RSK uses a  reciprocal frame roof to make a stronger and more efficient shelter with improved security and health benefits. Our community preparedness programs, Shelter Cluster training and field trials in 4 countries over 6 years is well documented.

 THE SHELTER PILOT                            

We now have the funding  for an RSK shelter pilot  that will include assessing this important health benefit , but we do not have the capacity to carry out this pilot  on our own. We need assistance with providing part of the WASH facilities and monitoring that will be required.


Governments  will be able to set up preparedness training in communities at risk and can introduce this simple concept through education in schools.

Donor funding will go further due to the massive savings in valuable bamboo resources the RSK can achieve and its ability to reduce transportation costs by one third. 

Aid agencies will be able to benefit from the economic and logistical  savings achieved  by  using the RSK method of shelter  construction.  Manpower resources  will be reduced as displaced families will be able to build their own shelter frames at the point of tarpaulin delivery. 

Displaced families will benefit most by being able to build their own  shelter using minimal resources. The pilot will demonstrate the RSK's versatility and ability to simply upgrade to a shelter with more dignified living space. However it is the health benefits, particularly those resulting from the improved ventilation provided by the RSK, that can potentially have the most profound impact .


The environment  will benefit from the positive carbon footprint that this shelter delivers. It achieves this by using the same roof frame for both emergency and temporary shelters and thereby saving considerable timber resources that would otherwise be required to build transitional shelters. The shelter pilot will highlight how the RSK can save huge amounts of bamboo and therefore its importance to this sustainable but often limited resource.

 THE OPPORTUNITY                              

It is rare that a new type of shelter can directly improve the health of beneficiaries, especially children. If this is something your organisation may be interested in supporting please contact me for further details.

Shaun Halbert

Director RSK Shelter Charity

+44 (0) 7970 106786

RSK shelter (opened up)  at MSF training  2018.       Photo S.Halbert