Just a few days since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, three inflatable tents—each measuring over 1,000m2 in floor space—arrive at the airport in Katmandu. Folded and deflated upon arrival, each tent weighs 2,600 lbs and requires 10 people to carry it from the plane to a waiting truck, which begins a slow and difficult journey to the relief site in the mountainous Gorkha district. Upon its arrival, staff work frantically in shifts throughout the following days and nights to set up a fully-functioning inflatable tent hospital.
“It all boils down to cost. There are raised flooring systems readily available, but nothing is affordable enough for mass implementation. We worked backwards from affordability…and focus exclusively on the provision of clean, dry flooring…for less than $2 per square foot.” – Scott & Sam, Good Works Studio
In 2013, there were approximately 334 natural disasters around the world, resulting in more than 100,000 related deaths. Disasters of this kind result in breakdowns in the supply chain when affected countries most badly need access to goods and services. Field Ready is trying to transform emergency relief by 3D printing supplies locally instead of relying on insufficient supply chains.
Named after the iconic 1973 film Soylent Green, Soylent is a powdered alternative to what people “traditionally” eat. This article explores the possible applications of powdered food to disaster relief work, as well as the possible health risks a liquid diet can have on the human body.
Disseminating information is critical in the aftermath of a humanitarian emergency. But for aid workers operating in a foreign country, even basic verbal communication is sometimes impossible. Linguistics barriers can pose a major constraint on the ability of aid workers to effectively identify need, share information and deliver services to crisis-affected populations. With Words of Relief, a translation crisis relief …