Rohingya Refugee Crisis Emergency Response Phase Two

Help provide health services and light desperately needed for Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh.

Project Type

  • Technology Distribution
  • Technology Distribution Projects with Local Partners
  • Customized Distribution Projects


According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) Situation Report dated 22 November 2018, there are now an estimated 921,000 Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. These people are vulnerable due to the severe trauma they fled and the extremely difficult conditions they now live in. Many of the families in Cox’s Bazaar have spent most of their savings on transportation and shelter, and are now reliant on humanitarian assistance for food and other life-saving needs. 


The 900,000+ Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazaar continue to live on an empty plot of wetlands and will remain there for the foreseeable future. The conditions are extremely difficult, made more so by the monsoon rains. Energy is not available to this growing group meaning that they are living in the dark, clinics cannot cool medicines or see patients at night, families cannot charge their phones to locate loved ones, and women and children are at high-risk at night. 


Four more Solevolt Solar Home kits will be distributed by Kopernik to mobile health clinics in Cox’s Bazaar. These solar systems will provide lighting to clinics, as well as an electricity supply to power medical equipment. The installation and management of these systems will be overseen by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) who are the cluster lead on health for the Rohingya crisis. 

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Due to supply issues Kopernik was unable to source the Solevolt home systems used in phase one, and instead chose to distribute Sun King Home 60 systems. These systems are much smaller but still offered lighting, device charging, and 24 hours of run-time per charge. The lower cost of these systems and the fact that they were already in-country and didn’t require international shipping allowed for a significant increase in the number of systems distributed, from four to 40 (compared to the initial distribution plan).

Kopernik, together with IOM, successfully distributed the 40 Sun King Home 60 kits to 21 health facilities in remote areas without electricity, and also as a backup power supply in facilities that offer 24/7 services. In addition, some kits were distributed for use by Mobile Medical Teams (MMT). The MMTs provide lifesaving primary health care services to people affected by floods, cyclones, and monsoons. The presence of these solar systems in the health facilities has further increased health access to the people living in Cox’s Bazaar - especially during emergencies - and have also been useful in providing security lighting at night.

One of the greatest impacts of the solar lamps has been their use in conducting emergency birth deliveries at health centres. The lights have allowed medical staff to maintain suitable lighting when they close the doors and windows of the medical centre for privacy, and at night. They have also been useful in providing backup lighting to newly constructed semi-permanent centres, a contingency system for use during emergencies.

So far no serious challenges with the technology have been identified other than their limited capacity, these systems are not as strong as the Solevolt Enterprise systems which could fuel medical equipment. However, shortly after their installation, Kopernik’s in-country partners reported that “The lights are very efficient. They’re working well and have been providing adequate light without going off”. 




Costs associated with purchasing & shipping the technology


Project Implementation and Monitoring & Evaluation

Costs associated with project management, data collection, analysis and reporting


Processing Fees

Cost of transferring payments internationally & processing online donations (5%)


Administration Fee

A contribution to Kopernik's operational costs (15%)


Total $4,199

This project is managed by Kopernik Solutions along with trusted partner organisations on behalf of our client.