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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.

Presentations

Find presentations related to various aspects of the Powering Health missions and USAID's work in Haiti.

Haiti

In Haiti, the quality of grid power is arguably some of 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.  In addition, a significant portion of many health facilities operating budget is 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.

Rwanda

The USG PEPFAR program is a multi-country, multi-billion dollar initiative to prevent and treat HIV AIDS in developing countries (www.pepfar.gov). The PEPFAR program in Rwanda has found the effectiveness, sustainability, and reach of prevention, care and treatment programs are directly compromised by the lack of reliable power at health facilities.

Institutional Support

Health facility retrofit programs should include efforts to work with all levels of health sector institutions to improve their capacity to address the myriad of issues which are a pre-requisite for the effective and safe operation of health facility energy systems.

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