RSK ASSISTANCE
IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
 
2. IMPROVING VENTILATION

 This diagram is included in an appeal by 239 international scientists to the medical community to recognize the potential for airborne spread of COVID-19 and the importance of ventilation.  The need to improve ventilation is equally applicable to the situation in overcrowded refugee camps.

 

 The importance of this airborne spread in refugee camps was highlighted by WHO when they reported that acute respiratory infections (ARIs) were the main cause of deaths in Cox's Bazar in 2017. 

see MMWB Bulletin (page 4)  

 

Deaths from acute respiratory infections  are partly due to families living in overcrowded, poorly ventilated shelters.

 

Coronavirus is an acute respiratory infection.

The RSK shelter has a higher roof and improved ventilation at eaves level to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus. 

each RSK roof frame is supported by 4 corner posts 

Unlike a traditional shelter there is no roof lattice or central support posts lashed to the side beams.

This is a clear space underneath the eaves that greatly facilitates the building of  "through" ventilation.

Cox's Bazar  Photo S.Halbert 2017          

 RSK roof frames are ideal for hanging partitions to divide living space

This provides an opportunity for isolation of family members  when there are no other practical alternatives available.
how  this can make a difference
Displaced families are continuing  to build traditional shelters that are lower to the ground, poorly ventilated and difficult to partition. These shelters suffer from an unacceptably high mortality rate caused by acute respiratory infections.
In a respiratory virus pandemic such as COVID-19, the RSK  is the first bamboo frame shelter kit that can provide a displaced family with a higher and well ventilated living space that can be easily partitioned.
 
 
In view of the increasing evidence for airborne spread of COVID-19 the improved ventilation provided by the RSK could potentially reduce morbidity and mortality rates and deserves serious consideration.