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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.

It’s World Immunization Week, a week designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an opportunity to build awareness on the benefits and challenges of vaccination, celebrate progress in vaccination coverage and take a close look at the road ahead – including environmental impacts and the role of clean energy.

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.

One of the greatest challenges in expanding HIV, tuberculosis and other vaccination campaigns is delivering the temperature sensitive vaccines to remote and resource-limited health facilities.  Two recent, but early developments in vaccination technology hold potential for eliminating vaccine’s dependence on the cold chain as well as the syringe.

Useful Links

These are links to external publications and Web sites that have information on issues related to providing reliable electricity and energy services at health facilities.

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Powering Health is a knowledge portal at the crossroads of health, energy and development.  A product of USAID's Energy Team, the site highlights technical information and international best practices regarding access to energy in the health sector, as well as USAID's own work in the field.  Find out about USAID's Improving Health Facility Infrastructure (IHFI) project and what more Powering Health has to offer.

Blood Banks and Blood Safety

Key strategies for blood safety include ensuring consistent electricity and refrigeration to maintain blood supplies at blood banks.

Medical Waste Management

Poor medical waste management can put healthcare workers, waste handlers and the general public at risk.

Cold Chain and Refrigeration

Health facilities in developing countries need to maintain the cold chain to ensure that critical medicines, vaccines and supplies can reach those in need.