In some of the poorest parts of the world, where there is no access to a reliable power grid, the UN is equipping hundreds of health facilities with solar technologies, allowing them to avoid power cuts and save lives.
Previously dependent on expensive and polluting diesel generators, which often do not provide enough electricity, more than 900 health facilities, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, have received equipment such as solar roofs and batteries. It gave them access to clean, affordable and reliable electricity, saving money that can be reinvested in healthcare.
Health facilities that benefit from the Solar for Health initiative, supported by the United Nations Development Program, are making a positive contribution to the launch of vaccines in their countries: COVID-19 vaccines need to be stored safely at low temperatures, something that can only be achieved where there is a low risk of power outages.
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