Innovation in Action

innovationicon-249x300We strive to pioneer products that meet the needs of the end-user. Since the launch of our ‘Innovation in Action’ campaign in 2015, we have introduced various game-changing products following this holistic, collaborative approach.

Our product developments are beneficiary-driven, sustainable and evidence-based. The solutions are the outcome of a cross-cutting process in which each individual and/or institution contributes. We follow a cycle of innovation that invites all actors to contribute to the optimal product. This collaboration model is applied to every single relief item that we manufacture, from buckets to tarpaulins, from tents to treated mosquito nets. This results in better quality results, greater client and beneficiary satisfaction and technological breakthroughs that have a real social impact.

Fire retardant tents and tarpaulins make camps safer

In 2014, our subsidiary NRS Relief has proudly introduced the first-ever fully fire retardant (FR) tents and tarpaulins to the humanitarian community . The essence of FR innovation is to improve safety in refugee camps and prevent loss of properties, injuries and deaths. The introduction of the FR products is considered a significant milestone in the history of the humanitarian sector. The FR benchmark, which took years of extensive research and development, meets the following international standards:

  • Pass CPAI section 5 and 6 with maximum 10s after flame average and maximum 30s after flame per test piece
  • Ageing under ISO 4892-2, type A, 360 hours.

Our Viva™ Family Tents (UNHCR/Save the Children/DFID Standard) and all our tarpaulins are available with FR applied to them, making camps safer.

Winner of Aid Innovation Challenge Award 2014

NRS Relief is proud to have won the prestigious Aid Innovation Challenge Award 2014 (Business Entry) during the annual AidEx Summit in Brussels for its ground-breaking Fire Retardancy solution. NRS Relief hopes that the recognition for this Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project inspires other humanitarian suppliers to safeguard the continuous improvement of core relief items.

Jerry Bucket

The all-new, life-saving Jerry Bucket is the result of NRS Relief‘s collaboration with Oxfam’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) team. The design of the 14L bucket has been upgraded so that it serves as a stackable safe water container rather than a multi-purpose bucket. Its new features include a new HDPE lid that is tightly fitted to the body of the bucket through an improved rim lock design, and a larger 100 mm lid opening with a clip-on cap to allow easier cleaning and filling from hand pumps. With the Jerry Bucket innovation, we can now help improve the lives of beneficiaries by combating the alarming incidence of drinking water contamination and associated adverse health effects.


LegendMEDI medical tent

The LegendMEDI medical tent is NRS Relief’s latest addition to its enviable range of multipurpose shelters. Developed in response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, which has cost over 11,000 lives, this breakthrough product offers separate, easy-to-disinfect cabins for both suspected and confirmed hemorrhagic fever patients. The medical tent is in compliance with MSF‘s quality standards and can also be deployed for schooling, office, storage or temporary shelter purposes . Its 45-sqm structure can accommodate up to 40 persons and can be attached to one another to make a longer structure.


Rex Hall Mobile Storage Unit (MSU)

NRS Relief also offers the new Rex Hall series, a range of MSUs in sizes 6.5 x 8 m,  10.0 x 24 m10.0 x 32 m and 10.0 x 36 m. MSUs, or flexible warehouses, are the answer when hard structures are unavailable or inadequate to accommodate affected populations, safeguard food storage and create a decent infrastructure to respond to disasters effectively. MSUs are then deployed and installed, as well as the rehabilitation of existing structures and local construction to boost the available storage capacity.


New-generation long-lasting insecticidal net

Building on the success of TANA Netting’s widely used DawaPlus® 2.0 long-lasting insecticidal nets, subsequent innovation has resulted in the new-generation DawaPlus® 3.0 net, which uses proprietary dual-insecticide release technology to improve nets efficacy. Designed specifically for regions in which mosquitoes have developed metabolic resistance to pyrethroid insecticides, the Piperonyl butoxide (PBO) is a co-insecticide that considerably enhances the effectiveness of the primary insecticide, here deltamethrin, by suppressing the mosquito’s enzyme defenses. Each yarn is optimized to release either PBO or deltamethrin plus PBO. PBO is incorporated into the roof of the DawaPlus® 3.0 netting, with the sides of deltamethrin coated polyester.


Canopy Hammock

TANA Netting‘s DawaPlus® Canopy Hammock is specifically designed to reduce malaria transmission in the remote forests of the Greater Mekong Subregion and was developed in partnership with the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp and communities in the Mekong Delta (Cambodia and Vietnam). This is just one example that has served as a catalyst for progress in the humanitarian supply industry, and will improve the lives of people affected by disasters.


Solar Shelter Kit and Enlight Essential

We believe that everybody should have access to the free, clean and abundant energy of the sun. This includes the 65.6 million displaced people who are fleeing humanitarian crises and natural disasters, and living in tented settlements in remote areas, without electricity. It is for this reason that NRS Relief has expanded its product line to launch the Enlight solar brand — to create solar products specifically designed to meet beneficiary needs and, ultimately, improve their living conditions. The Solar Shelter Kit and the Enlight Essential are durable solar products that promise to bring a better life to those living in temporary settlements in the aftermath of crises. Our in-house engineering team integrates the latest solar technology, at the same time respecting the real needs of beneficiaries.

Enlight Solar Shelter Kit NRS Relief solar lamp innovation

Public-private partnerships

We not only innovate, but we lead by example through exploring and creating innovative sustainable solutions for the improvement of the daily living conditions of the people affected by disasters. As critical mentors, we are proud to have built strategic public partnerships with renowned universities and non-profit academic institutions to jointly develop new products that are beneficial to the humanitarian aid sector. Through these critical partnerships, we continue to cultivate a corporate culture of innovation, learning, evaluation and creativity and we are better able to serve clients and beneficiaries across the globe.

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