UNICEF Malawi – Solarization of Health Facilities Malawi is one of the least electrified countries in the SADC region, with an average per capita consumption of 85 kWh per annum – among the lowest in the world. Over 90% of people are not connected to the national electricity grid (ESCOM, 2016). To meet the energy demands, the Government of Malawi is focused on promoting diversified sources and utilization of the country’s abundant renewable energy resources – particularly micro-hydro and solar
Introduction of Solar PV system in health facilities will therefore help improve healthcare services in Malawi by ensuring uninterrupted energy to run most of the health facility equipment. For this, UNICEF in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) of Malawi and support from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) endeavours to devise a comprehensive approach to supporting the health sector with clean energy for health services. Therefore, intends to support health care facilities (consisting of Health Posts, Health Centre and Dispensary) by installing Solar PV systems for uninterruptible, sustainable and clean electricity supply.
Renewable energy is a symbol of a bright new future for Africa and for our planet. We aim to provide access to sustainable, high-quality energy systems and infrastructure across Sub-Saharan Africa.