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 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.
THE IMPACT ON KEY SHAREHOLDERS
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 IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
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.
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.
Director RSK Shelter Charity
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RSK shelter (opened up) at MSF training 2018. Photo S.Halbert