Working With the UN Foundation to Make the Case 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.  In 2019, we provided solar operations and maintenance training to all of the health centers’ on-site managers—empowering them to properly maintain their new solar systems. 

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 facilities have either completely lacked access to electricity or possessed unreliable power, leaving patients without many modern health services. The new installations have significantly upgraded the quality of medical care for local populations. We are confident that, with reliable power, the risk of childbirth deaths 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 for other SDGs, including SDG 3 on ensuring healthy lives for all. - Powering a brighter 21st century.

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Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 25 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power such as for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rain forest, online learning in South Africa and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

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