Renewable Energy for Health Facilities in Humanitarian Settings

Save the Children

 

Power outages, working in extreme weather conditions and lack of refrigeration for vaccinations is hampering the quality health care for children in humanitarian settings.

In Nigeria, Save the Children supports lifesaving treatment of acute malnutrition in health facilities, including outpatient sites for ambulatory treatment of children and hospitals providing 24h specialised care for complicated cases. Currently, children cannot access a comprehensive package of services due to a lack in power supply. Electricity is scarce and leading to frequent power outages that can last for days. Furthermore, many of the health facilities in rural areas are not even connected to public power supply sources which means they cannot power refrigerators to keep vaccines. This is a systematic problem that the country at large has unsuccessfully tried to resolve for years. The health system is poorly resourced, unable to cope with demands related to human resources, provision of medicines, and overall infrastructure. It is therefore not able to fund alternative power sources such as generators, which require not only an initial investment but also expensive running costs for fuel provision. Other power sources are even more unaffordable.

Save the Children is looking for a sustainable solution which is affordable, replicable across the state, country and beyond, and could also be considered a viable option beyond health facilities to ensure quality care for children.

How might we provide constant power supply to remote and off-grid health facilities in a sustainable way to improve the quality of care for children?

Reach out to Stijn.Koster@savethechildren.nl by 18-11-2020

 

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

 

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