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IHFI Completes Guyana PV Installations

USAID’s Improving Health Facility Infrastructure (IHFI) project recently completed the installation of 12 solar photovoltaic systems at nine remote health clinics in Guyana.  Installations took place over a five-week period, with IHFI staff travelling alongside the installers to monitor progress, ensure code compliance and provide training to local technicians and health workers.

Wiring Renovation Advances at HUEH

Wiring upgrades have been completed at the emergency ward of HUEH hospital in Port-au-Prince.  IHFI’s electrical focus at the facility compliments a larger renovation effort by USAID and other donors, currently underway at the hospital.

Health laboratories in Zambia can benefit from increased oversight of their energy systems. IHFI is supporting the new laboratory energy manager for the country's health system as he takes on the challenge.

IHFI Begins Wiring Rehab at HUEH

Under USAID's IHFI project, HUEH hospital in Port-au-Prince will undergo wiring upgrades for critical facilities such as the surgery, emergency and maternity wards, as well as an overhaul of its long-dormant power plant.

An energy audit at Guyana's Georgetown Public Hospital doubles as a training exercise as part of IHFI's efforts to expand energy efficiency and institutional capacity in the country.

JORDAN - The USAID Jordan Economic Development Program (SABEQ) has released the results of energy and water audits recently conducted with the purpose of increasing the water and energy efficiency and overall competitiveness of Jordanian hospitals.

USAID conducted a training course focused on improving energy services to support laboratory infrastructure at local health facilities.

USAID provided a two week hands-on training for real world installations of inverter / battery / PV systems in Boucan Carre, Haiti in September 2009. The hands-on training costs were underwritten by USAID.

The View from Maternal Health

Those of us in the international health field recognize the direct links between the work we do and the energy needs that our work demands. However, rarely do we think about strategically addressing those needs and ensuring that our energy demands are met in a technically sound and appropriate manner. Recently, a small group of health professionals in maternal and reproductive health met to identify areas in which the lack of reliable energy supply limits the reach of particular health interventions. As we looked at this list, we realized that quite a bit of work remains to be done to educate health professionals about the importance of making wise investments in energy activities in order to deliver health services effectively and efficiently. Here are just a few of the issues we uncovered.

The Zanmi Lasante hospital in Boucan Carre, Haiti serves at least 100 patients daily. To meet its energy needs, the hospital relied largely on a diesel powered generator with an undersized inverter/battery back-up system. The hospital's fuel costs were high and there was no back up system to supply its power needs.

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