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EnDev and ESDS Electrifying Health Centres in Uganda

Adequate lighting is vital for health service delivery, especially in the night. © GIZ

Uganda is one of the top-most refugee hosting countries worldwide, currently hosting approximately 1.5 million refugees, mostly from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda, and Somalia. Over the recent years, many health centres in the Ugandas refugee-hosting areas have been equipped with off-grid solar installations through various programmes.

Despite these successes, facilities lack reliable energy access as of today for lighting, medical appliances, phone charging or fridges – and shortfalls put people at risk. A community member stated: “Last year in August I was brought here at around midnight when power was not there. I had to stay up to morning hours without getting treatment and I had to stay in darkness.”

Vaccines are typically heat sensitive and rely on effective cold chain. Provision of reliable electricity can ensure maintenance of cold chain to ensure vaccines are stored within appropriate temperature ranges to remain effective. © Christian Borchard/GIZ

Given this background, EnDev in collaboration with Energy Solutions for Displacement Settings (ESDS) provided and installed well designed solar systems for six purposefully selected health centres located within Rhino Camp and Imvepi Refugee Settlements in Terego and Madi Okollo districts of Uganda. These are among the poorest and least developed areas in the country without connection to the national grid. A total of 24 KWp solar was installed across the six health centers. The baseline study offers insights into energy access rates and health service performances within health centres in Ugandan refugee hosting-areas.

Learn, how EnDev is creating sustainable energy markets in fragile contexts: Energy for Refugees

EnDev is partnering with the project Energy Solutions for Displacement Settings (ESDS), a component of the Global Programme “Support to UNHCR in the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees in the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus” (SUN), which is commissioned by German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

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Electrification of Six Health Centres in Rhino Camp and Imvepi Refugee Settlements (external link)

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