The tent deployed by Disaster Aid International has developed a strong reputation in the field. It was designed by one of our founder members, Larry Agee (USA), to the highest standards in order to provide protection against a wide range of climatic conditions. It was also designed for families to have as much comfort and privacy as possible. There are internal compartments to provide up to three private sleeping spaces and a large communal area to accommodate up to 8 people.
As the tents are large enough for people to stand up in, they can also be used to support community infrastructural needs (ie medical, educational or planning centres).
One of our tents has now been used to support the health post in Pakhare village. The village is very difficult to get to and the health post, which had been totally destroyed by the earthquake, supported 11,700 people in the area. While the health post has been re-established, there were no private facilities to support childbirth – just part of an open tent that was on loan from a local school.
As a result, women were only staying a couple of hours rather than for the 24 hrs normally required to monitor life threatening conditions such as postpartum haemorrhage. Our tent, with its enclosed private and clean compartments, is proving invaluable as a birthing facility.