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

Standards and Technical Specifications

Properly drafted specifications and the use of international standards can allow each energy system to be tailored to meet the needs of the facility while still ensuring best practice design and installation protocols are followed.

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.

Remote Performance Monitoring Systems

Remote performance monitoring of health facility power installations increases the speed, effectiveness and value of maintenance activities.

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.

Technical Drawings

The schematics provide technical installation drawings for inverter/battery power backup systems at health clinics in Haiti.

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.

A new study by the University of Florida suggests that a vaccination campaign could prove a valuable tool in quelling the spread of the disease.

Last week the UN announced a new campaign to combat Cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, committing $23.5 million in UN support as well as $215 million in existing donor funding.  Health facilities play a central role in these efforts.  While the need for clean water and sanitation extend far beyond the health facility, clinics and hospitals are on the front lines of reporting, treating and preventing the disease.  In responding to Cholera, health facilities have a number of crucial tasks

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.

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