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ReciproBoo

practical shelter innovation for disaster relief

KEY BENEFITS OF RSK : HEALTH BENEFITS

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Listening to health issues with families 3 months after Koshi River disaster Nepal

REDUCING THE RISK OF DEHYDRATION

The ability of the roof to support heavy insulation results in the RSK being a much cooler shelter in the tropics.The risk of dehydration in debilitated individuals, particularly children and the elderly, is thereby reduced.

REDUCING THE INCIDENCE OF RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS

The improved ventilation and reduced condensation and mould growth on the inside of the shelter will help to reduce the incidence of respiratory infections.

REDUCING THE RISK OF HYPOTHERMIA

In a cold climate or at altitude the ability to insulate the roof and walls of the shelter will reduce the risk of hypothermia, particularly in vulnerable children and the elderly.

In the future there is the potential to import bamboo from Africa to the Middle East and assist refugees enduring severe cold winters by providing better insulated shelters. Other measures to reduce hypothermia using reciprocal frames are also proposed.

MALARIA PREVENTION

The reciprocal frame roof is ideal for hanging mosquito nets from.
Smaller frames can also be set up within the main shelter if only netting material is available.

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Layer of insulation

1st reciprocal frame roof

2nd reciprocal frame roof

reciprocal frame roof of sleeping capsule

Layer of insulation

reciprocal frame lifting sleeping children off floor

Reducing hypothermia using reciprocal frames

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