Category: health care

Throughout Africa from Ivory Coast to Morocco to Kenya, major solar projects are sprouting, each helping provide access to the 600 million Africans who lack access to energy. “Energy is a major issue for the African continent, because someone who does not have access to energy cannot have access to health, telecommunications, or education,” said industry executive Alexandre Castel. While the solutions all contribute to a singular goal, leaders are not pursuing a one-size-fits-all approach. While Benin is banking on 100 small renewable…

— Bakare Kone, a resident of Zantiebougou in rural Mali, discussing differences since solar brought power to his village. “The first lights we had were the street lights and the children would study under them,” Kone says. According to author Joe Ware, “improvements in healthcare have been particularly acute with medicines requiring refrigeration now able to be stocked in the village…. Injections no longer need to be administered by flashlight.” VIA THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION (Photo: CHRISTIAN AID/Lilly Peel)

“A building materials and hardware shop also has opened since the solar energy arrived.” Dar es Salaam-based writer Mohamed Issa reports on changes made possible by the construction of a solar mini-grid in the port village of Kisiju Pwani, Tanzania. Villagers in the coverage area can switch on lights and fans, charge mobile phones, and use other electronics for 10,000 to 20,000 Tanzanian shillings ($6-$12) a month. A village committee manages the system, which includes 32 solar panels and 120…

— Dr. Sam Wamani, Uganda country manager for Innovation Africa, an NGO that provides health clinics with solar energy systems. VIA WHO