Innovations & Strategic Partnerships

At Mercy Relief, we are always thinking about how we can get better at what we do. We draw on technology and innovation, as well as creative partnerships with other organisations. Combined, they help us come up with better and more effective solutions to the challenges we face. We plan ahead, and to develop and grow the humanitarian sector, work with schools to nurture young minds and encourage them to explore this space. We also document our field experiences, and publish them in reports for various stakeholders – it is our way of sharing what we have learnt, in the hope that others will benefit from it.

Innovations

Having spent more than a decade in the humanitarian field, we understand the challenges faced in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster, and those caused by extreme poverty. We constantly seek creative solutions to overcome them, particularly in the areas of food, water and shelter. Detailed below are some of our innovations over the years to meet needs on the ground.

1. Food

Mercy Ready Meals (MRMs)

MRMMercy Ready Meals (MRM) were created in the aftermath of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China. Working with Golden Season, we developed our first pre-packed meal – rice porridge with sweet potatoes. Each compact MRM pack weighs 250g, can be eaten without being re-heated, and has a shelf life of three years. The meals are highly digestible, making them suitable for infants, the elderly and the injured. More than 800,000 packs of MRMs have been dispatched and distributed in disaster-affected locations in China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

2. Water

PedalPureTM – Portable & Robust Ultra-Filtration Treatment System

pedalpurePedalPure was born from a partnership between Mercy Relief and Singapore Polytechnic. Known as ultra-filtration, the process removes particles larger than 0.01 microns, including most bacteria. Each unit can fill 466 1.5 litre bottles per hour, and has both wheels and brakes, making it easy to transport.

 

 

 

Household Rain Harvester (HRH)

hrhDesigned by Mercy Relief, Singapore Polytechnic and AGplus, the Household Rain Harvester functions as a water filtration system. It comprises of a collapsible rain collector with an attached ceramic filter. The filter is coated with nanosilver and designed to inhibit microbial activity. It has a filtration fineness of 0.2 microns, and can filter 6 litres of water an hour. This simple, affordable and portable solution is ideal for emergency response situations and for use in rural

PurHeart Bottle

purheart bottlePurHeart Bottle, a joint innovation by Mercy Relief, Singapore Polytechnic and AGplus, makes water suitable for drinking almost immediately. Up to 15 litres of drinking water can be produced in an hour. The 550ml bottle can be filled with water from any available source – a pond, river or rain – and then lightly squeezed so the water passes through a cartridge that purifies it. The cartridge, which consists of a ceramic membrane coated with nanosilver, filters undissolved solids and removes microbial pathogens.

 

 

PurHeart Family

pfamilyThe PurHeart Family dispenser is a collaborative development by Mercy Relief, Singapore Polytechnic and AGplus. This water filtration system, which is designed for household use, uses gravity to draw unpurified water from its four-litre upper chamber to a 10-litre lower chamber, where it can be stored. The filter between the chambers is a ceramic membrane coated with nanosilver which filters undissolved solids and removes microbial pathogens. The membrane has a filtration rate of 2 litres/hour and a filtration fineness of 0.2 microns.

 

 

3. Shelter

Rapid Deployment Shelter (RDS)

rdsDesigned by Mercy Relief, Singapore Polytechnic and Golden Season, the 96sqft Rapid Deployment Shelter can function as a medical clinic, storage facility, administrative area or living space. The structure is made of heat-treated aluminium, making it light, easy to set up and easy to transport. It has adjustable legs that compensate for uneven terrain, and a raised floor to reduce the risk of flooding. Louvers allow for adequate ventilation while the wall panels are designed to provide insulation.


Academic and Training Courses

In September 2010, Mercy Relief collaborated with Singapore Polytechnic to launch the first course in Singapore designed to train humanitarian aid workers. The Diploma-Plus Certificate Programme in Humanitarian Affairs provides an understanding of how the sector works and inculcates civic and social responsibility.

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