Having access to modern health care means having access to electricity. Hospitals, clinics, and health care centers rely heavily on power for everything — from lighting and vaccine storage to a huge range of clinical equipment. In Sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 60% of all health centers do not have access to electricity.
Working with local partners, we identify rural health clinics without access to energy. We deliver basic solar systems to power and enhance healthcare services, which enables nurses and doctors to examine their patients more efficiently and to carry out life-saving procedures. With solar power, midwives can manage deliveries at night and Community Health Workers can charge their phones to communicate with their patients and other medical professionals.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, we have equipped over 5,000 Community Health Workers with solar powered phone chargers so that they can access critical patient information and communicate wherever they are working. We have brought basic solar systems to hundreds of rural health clinics in East and West Africa. In South Africa, we gave solar phone chargers to Community Health Workers and the families they serve so they could maintain contact during periods of lockdown.
“Before the installation of the solar system, it was hard to work at night. We used torches and candles to light the room but it was extremely difficult to hold the light source while helping women during deliveries.”
“This little lamp is going to be a big lifesaver for me, especially when people reach out for help during the night hours. It will not only enable me to have better communication with the community but will also bring me well-needed peace of mind when I’m going back home in the dark.”
Halima Salim Magongo, a Peer Educator in HIV/AIDS Testing Services
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