Power Africa collaborates with African governments, our partners, and the private sector to expand access to electricity to health facilities across sub-Saharan Africa. Together, we are powering health.
The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the stark reality that many health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa do not have reliable electricity. According to the World Health Organization only 28 percent of health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa have access to affordable, reliable power.
Power Africa responded to the pandemic quickly by reprioritizing more than $8.2 million from existing programs to electrify health facilities, improve the financial viability of sub-Saharan Africa’s off-grid energy sector, and support regulators and utilities as new realities unfolded. Through a $3 million grant program, Power Africa helped provide clean and reliable electricity to more than 220 health facilities serving over 2 million people.
Power Africa continues to collaborate with African governments, our partners, and the private sector to expand access to electricity to health facilities across sub-Saharan Africa. Together, we are powering health.
BUILDING A HEALTH FACILITY ELECTRIFICATION ALLIANCE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
Power Africa is partnering with USAID Global Health Bureau to expand health electrification in Africa. In October 2021, Power Africa transferred $500,000 of Maternal Child Health funding to electrify seven large health facilities in Malawi and Uganda using solar energy installations.
In early 2022, USAID Sierra Leone launched HealthGrid Sierra Leone, an initiative to provide sustainable electricity and other essential services to off-grid health facilities. Through HealthGrid, 31 off-grid health facilities will be electrified and will have internet access.
MULTILATERAL ENERGY COMPACT FOR HEALTH FACILITY ELECTRIFICATION
During the Energy Action Days of the High-level Dialogue on Energy in 2021, a group of 14 organizations, including Power Africa and our partner, Sustainable Energy for All, launched a Multilateral Energy Compact for Health Facility Electrification.
The new Energy Compact puts forward a sectoral target of 25,000 health facilities to be electrified with clean and reliable power solutions by 2025.
COVID-19 RESPONSE & RECOVERY
Power Africa’s work before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic is critical to helping our partner countries respond to the health crisis and to boosting economic recovery. As part of the U.S. Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Power Africa redirected funds to bolster sub-Saharan Africa’s off-grid energy sector and to assess power loads for hospitals, clinics, and critical care facilities.
OFF-GRID HEALTH FACILITY ELECTRIFICATION
The Power Africa Off-Grid Project has awarded $3,070,650 in grant funding to electrify more than 250 health facilities in ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
To advance health facility electrification, the Project:
- Uses private-sector capacity to supply off-grid renewable energy.
- Supports long-term business plans that are financially sustainable for the health facility and the company.
- Prioritizes innovative and commercially viable business models that use off-grid energy productively (e.g., by providing extra services on-site and collecting revenue to subsidize the energy supply).
- Aims to share and scale effective business models.
- Prioritizes sustainability, focusing not only on electrification, but on maintaining a consistent supply of electricity.
Learn more about off-grid health facility electrification in this fact sheet.
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