Novel ‘collective centre’ tested in the Sudan and South-Sudan via S(P)EEDKITS

Dec 5, 2014.

Standard shelter solutions used by the Red Cross are challenged by the changing nature and increased number of disasters. Family tents and rub-halls that have been a good solution in the past are no longer the most suitable response when natural or man-made disasters strike.

To address these challenges, a rapid deployable, semi-permanent and reusable modular collective centre was developed by the Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE) in collaboration with the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC).

Two prototypes are currently being successfully tested and demonstrated as part of the NLRC programmes in Sudan and South-Sudan.

This article in a South-Sudanese newspaper shows that the novel shelter is urgently needed and reinforces the response preparedness of the Sudanese Red Crescent and the South-Sudanese Red Cross.

Since the TUE and the NLRC are both partners in the S(P)EEDKITS project, this field test served as a test case on how to realize field demonstration. As such, it was an initial reality check in terms of practicability.

This will help to push the development of four other shelter types, kit materials, structures and designs within the project forward. Moreover it proves the positive results that can be achieved by combining expertise and experiences of private enterprises, the academic realm and the humanitarian world, brought together in S(P)EEDKITS.