Making The Case For Solar Energy To Power Rural Health Clinics

In 2018, we finished our commitment to the United Nations Foundation to install solar electric systems in 62 health centers in Uganda and Ghana. Then, in 2019, we provided solar operations and maintenance training to staff at all of the health centers to assure their sustainability.

     

With an aggregate installed capacity of 242 kWp, this project is now enabling improved delivery of health services in rural clinics through access to modern, affordable, and sustainable energy. Until now, the selected facilities have either completely lacked access to electricity or possessed unreliable electricity, leaving patients without access to many modern health services.The installations have significantly upgraded the quality of medical care for local populations. We are confident that with reliable power, the risk of death of the mother or child during childbirth in remote healthcare facilities will decrease.

The next phase of the project is the World Health Organization’s impact evaluation of the 62 solar installations to measure the impact of electricity access on rural health. We expect the upcoming report to demonstrate how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7- ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all- can facilitate progress other SDGs, including SDG 3 on ensuring healthy lives for all.

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