Partner: UNHCR

UNHCR and Better Shelter

Ecuador is the country in Latin America that has the largest population of recognized refugees – around 70, 000 Colombians and more than 400,000 Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

Ecuador has been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the summer months of 2020, hospitals were at full capacity and  in most cities there were almost no ICUs available to treat patients with Covid-19.

In 2020 and 2021, UNHCR has installed Better Shelters throughout Ecuador to improve the response capacity of the Ecuadorian health system. Both refugees and Ecuadorians are treated in these Better Shelters.

Valeria Inca is an Ecuadorian doctor working in a Refugee Housing Unit (RHU) installed by UNHCR outside the Baños de Agua Santa hospital. She performs triage for around 40 refugee and local patients infected with COVID-19 each day. © UNHCR/Jaime Giménez Sánchez de la Blanca


UNHCR, together with partners, Ibarra’s firefighters and youth volunteers built three XL Better Shelters (each one made up of four regular Better Shelters) to increase the capacity of Ibarra’s Municipal Community Diner in Ibarra.

Project Information

LocationVarious, Ecuador


Number of units192

PurposePandemic infrastructure