Designed with and for refugees

Modular post emergency and transitional shelters adaptable to your needs and safe for the people you serve.

Covid-19 response

Governments and organisations the world over are preparing for and responding to the spread of the coronavirus. And quick efforts are required. In crisis operations every second counts.

The spread of epidemics and pandemics put pressure on national and global health care systems. Rapid response to these requires solutions for unforeseen needs and care for large number of patients. Additional infrastructure required may include screening centres of suspected carriers, mobile quarantine facilities for infected patients, storage and office space as well as information centres.

Better Shelter provides safe, temporary structures for outdoor use that serve as health care facilities all over the world. Ongoing projects include an OB/GYN clinic in Mexico, an Ebola monitoring and treatment facility in Burundi and different health facilities for response to the covid-19 crisis.

The modular design of the Better Shelter enables alterations in size and layout: sections can be added and removed to create different sized facilities. Vertical walls and a high ceiling allow space for medical equipment, beds, consultation rooms and office space.

For order inquiries, contact our Partnerships Manager Lucia Arias Kapetinic at

Product alterations

  • Modular design enables set up of shorter and longer units.
  • Longer units can have multiple doors and layout designs.
  • Units can be placed next to each other and thereby used as separate rooms.


  • Windows can be open or shut.
  • Lockable door can be placed on all sides.
  • Multiple doors can be added to each unit.


  • Interior can be adapted with panels or with textile room divider.
  • The vertical walls and high ceiling allow space for beds, tables, shelves and medical equipment.
  • Better Shelter can assist in layout options and designs.


To learn more about how you can adapt the Better Shelter to you requirements, get in touch with our team today:

How we can support

We offer support before, during and after project implementation


  • Project planning
  • Layout design
  • Modularity options
  • Logistic support
  • Research and Development


  • Assembly training
  • Installation support
  • Implementation support and supervision
  • Technical support
  • Product expertise

Follow up and support

  • Maintenance and partner support
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Communications support


To learn more about how Better Shelter can support in your project, get in touch with our team today:


Partner UNHCR

Location Maicao and Cúcuta, Colombia

Number of units 55

Application COVID-19 health facility


Partner UNHCR

Location Boa Vista, Brazil

Number of units 200

Application COVID-19 health facility


Partner UNHCR

Location Niamey, Niger

Number of units 50

Application COVID-19 health facility


Partner UNHCR

Location Azraq camp, Jordan

Number of units 15

Application COVID-19 health facility


Partner UNHCR

Location Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, Pakistan

Number of units 14

Application COVID-19 health facility


Partner Maram Foundation and The Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM)

Location Idlib

Number of units 52

Application COVID-19 health facility

More information

Health Infrastructure



  • All necessary components and tools included

  • Enables predictable planning, budgeting and implementation

  • Installed in 5–6 hours by a team of four

Cost effective


  • Flat-packed

  • Minimum site preparations required

  • Requires no skilled labour

  • Modular system can be maintained, repaired and/or transformed over time



  • 3 year lifespan

  • Adaptable size and layout

  • Fit for numerous applications: shelter and communal infrastructure

  • Can be maintained, repaired and/or transformed over time

Safe & dignified


  • Protects against heavy rain, wind and sun

  • Vector control

  • Lockable door, rigid steel frame, non-see through walls and a portable solar powered lamp

  • Free standing height and 9 airflow openings


  • 17.5 m2
  • Lockable door
  • 4 windows & 4 ventilations
  • Semi-rigid and opaque plastic roof and wall panels
  • Steel frame mounted with ground anchors
  • Solar powered
  • Portable lamp
  • Flat-packed
  • 160 kg
  • 3 year shelf life
  • 36 months lifespan
  • Assembled by a team of four in 5–6 hours without additional tools
  • Developed according to the Sphere minimum standards


Wind 28m/s or 101km/h wind resistance

Rain resistant: passes artificial rain test with no leakage.

Fire and flammability protection: fire retardant materials allow for minimum 2-minute escape time.

Temperature  5-40°C temperature range


Roof and wall: polyolefin foam panels treated with UV protection

Frame and foundation: lightweight galvanized steel

Door and door frame: UV stabilised polymer plastic

Window and ventilation frames and hatches: UV and heat resistant polymer plastic

Smaller components: polymer plastic

Floor sheet: woven high-density polyethylene fibres

Assembly tools: Steel




The Better Shelter does not contain any REACH SVHC substances and is RoHS compliant.

All materials used in the unit should be disposed in accordance with local legislation and as stipulated by the responsible authority.

Covered living area: 17.5 m²

  • Length: 5.68 m
  • Width: 3.32 m
  • Height: 2.83 m

Max. indoor height: 2.7 m

Min. indoor height [eave level]: 1.8 m

Product brochure

Structure in 3D


  • Door: Leaf 1.7 m x 0.75 m / Frame 1.9 m x 1.0 m
  • Windows: Outer dimensions 0.45 m x 0.38 m

(Effective open window area: 0.062 m²)

  • Ventilations: Outer dimensions 0.41 m x 0.45 m 

(Effective ventilation area: 0.064 m²)

Product brochure



1 packed unit = 1.14 m3 (2.02 m x 1.09 m x 0.52 m)

One shelter is delivered in two boxes, which together weigh 155 kg.

    Box A: 2020 x 1090 x 230 mm (84 kg)

    Box B: 2000 x 1090 x 290 mm (71 kg)

48 units fit into a container 40 feet HC.

36 units fit into a container 40 feet DC.

Shipping information


Assembling a 17.5 m2 Better Shelter requires a team of four and takes 5 to 6 hours depending on experience, conditions and location.

The shelter is delivered in two cardboard boxes which have been packed to reflect the order in which components will be used in construction. The two boxes can be lifted by four people and contain all necessary tools and instruction manuals. The shelter is constructed in three stages:

  1. Steel foundation
  2. Roof with ventilation and solar panel
  3. Walls with windows and door

More information about technical support.