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Preventive Healthcare

The Preventive Healthcare team worked on a broad concept to support the healthcare of refugees during the future period of return to their communities. Within this broad idea we designed something specific for safeguarding healthcare records of a refugee household. We designed a packaging to be distributed to everyone at a camp containing for example hand sanitizer and mosquito repellent for babies. This package should be beautifully illustrated with “positive living”* messages and can be used to store the healthcare records of everyone in the household.


One of our considerations was to care for the HIV diagnosed patients. There is a tremendous stigma created around HIV. If you are diagnosed positive you will leave the healthcare facilities carrying a huge box containing some condoms, a tiny leaflet of “positive living” some water tablets and a white jerrycan under armour curry shoes. A white jerrycan will condemn you to be looked at and be segregated.

The package we designed should replace the need to carry this differentiated equipment home. It can be hung like a poster at home and can be transported when necessary. Everyone should have one.

* Positive living messages we though of include: how to make your own hand sanitizer, how often to feed your baby, how to wash hands and why to use a mosquito net


The preventive Health team


Lighting kit

As Amy Smith put it on the first day of Rethink Relief 2014 in Pader, Uganda, whenever we felt something was challenging, like there was not enough time or we felt pushed to the limit, our response should be an emphatic, “Woohoo!”

The different teams took this mantra and ran with it! As the Lighting team, my team and I used the “woohoo” approach to tackle the lighting issue faced by the residents of Ayilo refugee camp in Northern Uganda and other refugee camps across the world. The team was a multidisciplinary team comprised of mechanical engineers, a product designer, residents of Ayilo camp, a machinist, a teacher, a social entrepreneur, and a student.

Members of Light Team (L-R): Lual, Jen, Mensah, Thomas, Clarence, JY, Daniel, Marian, and featuring children from Pader.

Suitable lighting is a necessity that many humanitarian organizations tend to overlook in relief situations. But think about it: how important is light in your life and in your day-to-day activities?

Now imagine a life filled with darkness. A life with limited movement because you are afraid that you may be attacked on your way to the nearby latrine, a life whereby you have to close your workshop early when evening falls, a life whereby you struggle to study for your exams because your home has no light.

It is tough for many to imagine such a life, but that is the norm for many in Ayilo camp. Due to those and many other reasons, the light team was determined to find a solution.

After days of brainstorming, illustrating a value chain, developing a sketch model, and finally building a prototype, WE Light was born. The name WE Light was agreed upon to show that the product was for any user and for the community as a whole.

WE Light is comprised of 3 different types of kits:

  • Make Your Own Light: This kit has the basic components to make a light, including an LED, battery, connector wires, and resistors. The kit also includes various accessories like housing to complete the user’s design.
  • Make Your Own Business: The kit includes all the light components found in the Make Your Own Light kit, but in bulk supply.  Also included in the kit are user manuals and a text book in both English and Acholi.  This is to enable the user to gain the skills needed to start a fully functional light manufacturing business. The books give the user both technical and entrepreneurial skills needed to make their business both profitable and sustainable nike sneakers air max. This information would also be available in video format on microSD cards that could be played on a mobile phone when literacy is a challenge.
  •  Make Your Own Ceiling/Wall Light: This kit is specifically used to make 2 types of light: a ceiling light and wall light.

The overall packing is labeled the Relief Box.  Once deconstructed each component of the Relief Box can be easily assembled to make a complete workstation.  Inside the Relief Box is another box which houses the Make Your Own Business kit.  The housing of the Make Your Own Business kit also has the capability of transforming into a portable functional table.

Housing for Make Your Own Business kit


Designing and fabricating this kit did not come without its challenges, but as a team we were able to work through them and accomplish the intended goal. First, the design process from ideation to fabrication was restricted to a week, therefore each day had predefined objectives that had to be met and it was crucial they were achieved. Due to this, some days were spent working extremely late into the night.

Secondly, our value chain underwent several iterations before settling on our final one. The value chain had to be practical and well-defined. We needed to visualize and determine step by step each node of the value chain from sourcing of the various components of the kits to their various end users. This required the team to understand the typical humanitarian relief processes and procedures, basics of supply chain and also life within Ayilo camp.

Lastly, it was initially a challenge to fully define the different kits and their function. Our objective was to make the number of kits as few as possible but to ensure that the contents of the kits were sufficient enough to deliver on their intended purposes wholesale nike air max. Complexity would only make it harder for the user to understand and deter them from their use.

With this innovation, it is my hope that we can bridge the gap between short term-humanitarian relief and long-term development. The conference and working with all the members of my team was such a fulfilling experience that I will cherish. My most memorable moment was showcasing the kit to the people of Pader. Their enthusiasm for the kit as well as their eagerness to learn more about the product was validation for the team on the incredible work we had put in to make the project a success.


To all the organizers and the participants: Apwoyo Matek!


Energy efficient cooking stove

The cooking team wanted to reduce the risks that women in camps face when going out to collect firewood by decreasing the amount of fuel needed for cooking. Many energy-saving cookers have been introduced, but few have been accepted. The refugee and community participants explained that women often rejected cooking devices that looked different from traditional stoves.

The team designed a familiar-looking mud Lorena stove that had an insulated, fireless cooker incorporated into it nike air max 90 premium. The initial reactions to the design were very positive, and the local members of the team plan on building full-sized prototypes to test at their homes.


Rain water harvesting

Shortage of clean drinking water is quite common in refugee/IDP camps in Uganda. People living in the camps are dependent on water provided by UNHCR and NGO’s. This shortage of clean drinking water causes the usage of contaminated/dirty water for the drinking purposes, which exasperates the healthcare situation in the camps.

Rainy season in Uganda spans for around 8 months in a year, however, the rain water is not collected for the usage despite its abundance and minimal requirement of treatment before usage.

Rainfall in Pader per month

Keeping in view the situation in camps and an opportunity, we are building a rain water harvesting tool/material KIT that is easily deployable, cheap, and durable and it fits almost every type of house built in the camps. It is also easy to transport during the transition phase as well cheap girls air jordan 10. This kit will be given to the refugees/ IDP on their arrival to the camps.

After the design summit, one of the participant, Tobias Bahne took on the project further and did research and prototyping as part of his graduation project at the Bauhaus school of Design.

Project report by Tobias Bahne



Hospital in a box

Problem statement
How can we rethink the deployment of first aid medical equipment used in emergency relief in order to make it “logistics-friendly”?

The project “hospital in box” was an idea based on the fact that after a disaster there is high number of people that require many different medical treatments.  To make a proper observation of the patients and determine which treatment they must have and, in case of a simple treatment to effectively perform it, be able to treat patients without delay. Current solutions are adopted from “normal” medical settings but are not adapted to the demanding environment of post-disaster settings nike lebron basketball shoes. This project evolved towards two concepts of a compact and modular concept integrating a folding stretcher, storage and hanging space.

a box open up to become an hospital bed

The final concepts have the potential initially proposed: to gather multiple components in one, making the solution more compact, being practical to deploy (in terms of transport logistics and of setting up ease) and to clean and repair cheap air max sneakers. Besides being an innovative solution not yet existing in the market it can be further developed to accommodate the requirements for adoption or manufacturability in disaster-prone regions.



Communal space for water collection

In refugee / IDP camps, aid-agencies typically provide 15-20 liters of water per day per person out of which only 2-3 liters is used for drinking. Providing this quantity of water is expensive and requires a lot of effort. Between 10-20% of this water is wasted due to inefficient usage. This can have a serious health impact.

Can we make the utilization of water more efficient for improved health and well being?


The team created a simple solution to reduces spillages and recycling waste water while Improving Well being (hygiene, rest, recreation). In this solution a tap and articulation filling arm were designed to be attached to the existing piping system, with a self-opening/closing tap, that requires no contact with hands (potential source of contamination). The original crate used to transport the emergency kit is used as a spillage collector which allows the water to be reused for numerous purposes such as flush latrines and agricultural fields and prevents the formation of a puddle under the taps buy jordans online for cheap. The concept also involves the conversion of water distribution points into communal zones where different water related activities can be carried out such as hygiene, laundry and dishes and a vegetable garden using filtered water.


CAPA portable light

Problem statement
People, especially women and kids, are more vulnerable in the dark and are prone to violent attacks. Services can be inaccessible at night, there may be lack of suitable lighting and areas can be isolated. Darkness can act as a cover for perpetrators, and due to the unsympathetic and hostile nature of authorities/context such incidents of violence can go unreported and unpunished.


The team developed a personal portable lighting solution developed to protect the vulnerable in the dark. The LED lamp is attached to a lanyard to be worn around the neck or wrist. It is recharged by a dynamo power supply, and includes a radio for convenience and a panic alarm for protection jordan super.fly. It’s coated in florescent material to make it easy to find, even in the dark, and its magnetic base makes it easy to store or attach to be used as a fixed lamp.

System design analysis for CAPA portable light