June 2012: SELF powers 12 Haiti health centers and receives Grand Challenges Exploration grant

 

SELF Completes Installation of 12 Solar Systems to Power Health Care Facilities in Haiti

This month we successfully completed the installation of solar electric systems at 11 health care facilities and one hospital located along the southwest coast of Haiti. Through collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Government of Haiti, the systems, with a combined power output of just over 38 kW, will help to improve the quality of medical services provided to more than 170,000 Haitians by powering lights, microscopes, centrifuges, autoclaves, vaccine refrigerators and other lifesaving equipment.

Almost immediately after the systems were made fully operational a host of benefits were being seen, including a birth at night. And one of the clinics is now saving moneyfrom no longer having to purchase and transport the fuel previously needed to power a vaccine refrigerator, since it is now connected to the solar system on site.

Training the Trainers

The long-term operation of these installations relies on the routine maintenance needed to ensure each system is operating at maximum performance. Toward this end, SELF coordinated with Solar Energy International, a nonprofit educational organization, to create a comprehensive training program for the eight local technicians we hired to maintain the systems at all the sites. The technicians themselves will also train additional energy managers and medical personnel on how to operate and monitor each clinic’s system on a daily basis.

SELF Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

We’re honored and excited to announce that SELF is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for our groundbreaking research in global health and development. Our very own project manager, Steve McCarney, will pursue an innovative research project he developed that will field test two solar-powered, battery-free vaccine icepack freezers to support immunization efforts.

Grand Challenges Explorations funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges. Steve’s tests will take place at remote health posts in two Colombian indigenous villages in the Sierra Nevada mountains. If successful, this pioneering work to power battery-free vaccine refrigerators and freezers with solar energy will be used to extend immunization services to the other remote parts of Colombia and elsewhere in the developing world.

SELF is dedicated to identifying ways to innovatively use solar energy to solve global health issues and improve people’s lives. Without your support, our work powering clinics, training future technicians, and deploying new technologies would not be possible, and for that we are incredibly grateful.

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