The Humane Emergency Use Canopies and Accessories (HEUCA)

A product of Makerere University School of Public Health ResilentAfrica Network’s (RAN) Co-creation and Design Thinking approach to sourcing for innovations.

The Humane Emergency Use Canopies and Accessories (HEUCA) tent, a re-imagined “ergonomic tent” to keep Ebola-fighting medical workers cooler and safer. This is one of the innovations being developed by the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and the Makerere University School of Public Health Team. The team comprises of 16 multi-disciplinary co-creators including students and faculty. This idea was born out of a USAID initiative that involved collaboration with other stakeholders to implement the ‘Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development’.

The redesigned ergonomic tent addresses the difficulties in both treating and preventing Ebola and similar highly pathogenic diseases. The design of current tents is not suited to human-led service delivery due to challenges of heat trap and discomfort. The proposed design overcomes 3 key challenges in current tent designs: ncreases natural cooling through convention, reduction in humidity, and reduced social exclusion. We therefore call it ‘the tent that breathes’”. (Roy William Mayega, Project Coordinator, HEUCA and RAN Deputy Chief of Party)

It is anticipated that RAN’s improved designs will cool the tent’s ambient temperatures by at least 50C, achieved passively through smart integration of vents and window level meshes in the design, while keeping the design lean. The design will also involve integration of selected rationalized accessories to support human-led service delivery, thereby reducing duplication of effort and creating a tent that is more efficient.
The tent is not only for treating Ebola related service delivery. The team envisions they could be used for any disease outbreak where isolation is needed or during other humanitarian disasters HEUCA 2