Sustainable Energy for Public Health in Precarious Situations

Médecins Sans Frontières


MSF works all over the world providing medical humanitarian assistance. The energy fueling this aid is unsustainable. Following our “do no harm” principals MSF needs to reduce its environmental impact.

A rural hospital in a country where MSF is present has signalled a need for support. Seasonal food shortages are especially hard and malnutrition is rising. An emergency team makes its assessment and partners with the hospital to run a therapeutic feeding program. The partnership evolves into a fully supported MSF project and hospital.

As, the services will expand so to does the need for reliable energy. The hospitals energy production must increase and the small “temporary” generators replaced, but with what? Collectively MSF uses millions of liters of fuel powering similar hospitals. This time it will be different.

By quickly assessing the feasibility of a solar system and considering the risks and benefits of its implementation the decision is made to have a system commissioned and installed. Accessing expertise and guidance the team is able to assess the viability of their local market. Afterwards they complete a tender, audit proposed systems, and finally contract and supervise the installation of a hybrid system.

With proper maintenance and management, the system provides reliable, sustainable power to the hospital. Even after the partnership ends.

Can you help to ensure the appropriate energy source is chosen and realised? Contact:

This call will run on a rolling basis with the final deadline on 21st December 2020


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