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Wiring and the NEC

Building electrical systems are designed to safely distribute electricity to various locations in a building in order to power electrical loads.  The proper design and installation of such systems is critical to ensuring the safety and reliability of electricity supply.  This is especially true in medical facilities, where safety and reliability are of exceptional importance.

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.

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  View a series of slide shows featuring work being carried out under USAID in Haiti and Guyana.

Energy Management

Energy management is as much about human behavior and management as it is about technology. The actions of your staff will have a major impact on the amount of energy your health center consumes.

Effective health laboratories are essential to the scale-up of public health programs targeting diseases like HIV/AIDS or TB, and contribute to the overall coverage and efficiency of national health systems.  PEPFAR has evaluated its progress in confronting AIDS worldwide, including its efforts to strengthen laboratory systems through training and infrastructure.

Training Material

Training health care staff on energy management practices is a vital component to successful health facility electrification efforts.  Find useful training materials, including presentations, agendas, examples and maintenance log templates used by the IHFI project to train hospital energy technicians in Haiti.

6 Steps to Powering Health

Powering Health's six-step approach to understanding a health facility’s energy needs and designing an energy system to meet those needs in a cost effective way. Learn about the approach and find resources supporting each step.

The quality of grid power in Haiti is ranks among the worst in the world. Many health facilities receive only a few hours of power per day, with prolonged outages of up to a month not uncommon in some locations. The lack of reliable electricity in health facilities across the country complicates the storage of cold chain dependent blood, laboratory reagents and HIV rapid test kits. Power anomalies cause damage to laboratory equipment and jeopardize the accuracy of sensitive laboratory tests. In addition, a significant portion of many health facilities operating budget was used for the purchase of diesel fuel to power generators during frequent power outages. Reducing this expense would allow these facilities to use these funds for other priority needs.

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.

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.

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