Powering Health across Africa through COVID-19 and a Changing Climate

Modern health services require electricity everywhere in the world. The Sustainable Development Goals include access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 (SDG 7). This means not only for households, but for all health facilities, everywhere.

Yet today, health clinics and hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa and much of the developing world still remain underserved by the electrical grid. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in four health facilities has no access to electricity, and only a third of hospitals have reliable electricity access.

COVID-19 is exacerbating the situation as the pandemic spreads across sub-Saharan Africa. Health facilities require stable power to provide 24/7 care and avoid unnecessary increased mortality.

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