Rural health stations (Health Centers) are particularly important in their efforts to slow down or prevent the spread of the corona virus:
- They serve as initial points of contact for support coordinated by the state and international aid organizations.
- They are centers for informing the population about health and protection measures and are the first point of contact for primary care;
International aid is first deployed where there is a reliable infrastructure and personnel. In turn, trained personnel are first sent where there is a well-developed infrastructure. This always includes an adequate power supply for light and communication.
Between 2004 and 2018 the Stiftung Solarenergie has already equipped more than 150 health stations in Africa and Asia with solar systems. The foundation was always able to rely on experienced local partners, who took over not only the installation but also the maintenance and training of the health personnel.
In the past 12 months, the Stiftung Solarenergie was able to significantly expand its commitment once again: A total of 62 health stations in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda received a new basic solar supply.
Uganda: 35 health stations (2020)
Regions: Western, South West, Eastern, Northern and Central
Installation, maintenance and staff training: Association of Sendea UG
Sponsors: Signify Foundation, Adalbert Zajadacz Stiftung, private donors
Kenya: 7 health stations (2020)
Regions: Kajiado, Migori, Narok,Nyanza
Installation, maintenance and staff training: Stiftung Solarenergie Kenya / SunTransfer Kenya
Sponsors: Landratsamt Enzkreis, private donors
Ethiopia: 30 health stations (2019/2020)
Regions: Assossa, Borena, Kamashi, Kurmuk
Installation, maintenance and staff training: Stiftung Solarenergie – Solar Energy Foundation Ethiopia
Sponsors: Rotary Mainz, Merck Family Foundation, Pro Med Instruments, private donors
Fixed lighting for treatment rooms was installed in all health stations and mobile lamps for outdoor use were handed over. In some stations, Signify’s high-intensity security lamps were also installed for outdoor lighting. The health stations in Ethiopia and Kenya also received solar-powered refrigerators for medication cooling and smaller medical equipment.
The Stiftung Solarenergie plans to equip further health stations with solar energy in the coming months. More information.