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CLIP 9666

Emergency shelters and humanitarian relief

Emergency shelters and humanitarian relief

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Key Info
  • Emergency shelters and humanitarian relief
  • Duration: 05:58
  • The Medecins Sans Frontieres facility in Brussels has emergency shelters which can provide humanitarian relief around the world. The basic shelter is assembled quickly from a few poles, rope and some plastic sheeting, to provide shelter for a family for a few days. In the canvas medical tent, doctors carry out medical procedures quickly and hygienically. This can be assembled in 30 minutes from a kit of parts without using tools and is easily packed for transport across the world. The semi-permanent structure is designed to be made from different local materials such as timber, bamboo, plastic, corrugated iron or even bricks, with ingenious fastenings which use bottle tops and door hinges made from truck tyres.
  • Subject:

    Design and Technology



  • Keywords: structure, shelters, emergency, humanitarian aid, catastrophe, flood, earthquake, displacement, airlift, tent, medical, materials, primaryidt, primaryidt2
Ideas for use in class
  • To provide inspiration for pupils working on a 'shelters' topic or any project involving humanitarian issues. We suggest showing the whole clip before your pupils start their topic to give them an idea of the overall 'story' and to help them understand what they're aiming to achieve themselves, albeit on a much simpler scale. The clip can then be run in shorter sections to look in more detail at each stage in the process while pupils work through their own topic.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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