Funding & Fast-tracking Health Facility Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa
ARE, supported by GET.invest, has the pleasure to invite you to the webinar “Funding & fast-tracking health facility electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa” on 28 July 2020, 2 – 3.30 pm CEST.
This webinar is the second in a series of webinars organised by ARE and supported by GET.invest. Building on “Electrifying Rural Health Facilities: Ongoing Initiatives & Innovative Solutions” held on 18 June 2020, this webinar will focus on how funding for projects to electrify rural health facilities can be structured and fast-tracked moving forward.
The webinar will include:
- High-level opening remarks;
- Launch of publication: “Best practices for electrifying rural health facilities with decentralised renewables” with a particular emphasis on funding structures of DRE projects that electrify rural health facilities;
- Panel discussion on how to fast-track funding for health facility electrification.
According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 400 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia depend on health facilities that have no access to electricity. In addition, existing access to electricity in hospitals is often unreliable. The critical importance of reliable electricity supply for health facilities has been underscored by the Covid-19 crisis, which threatens to hit vulnerable and remote communities in emerging countries disproportionally hard. Lack of reliable power supply severely impacts the ability of health care facilities to provide effective care for rural populations. Electricity is needed for cold storage of vaccines and medicine, medical lighting, laboratory tests, x-rays, CT scans, as well as ventilators that are essential when treating respiratory diseases, such as Covid-19.
DRE solutions offer an immediate, cost-effective and sustainable solution to this global challenge. as exemplified by ARE Member projects deployed for health care facilities across the world.