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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.

Best Practices and Lessons Learned

This section provides a short summary of some key lessons learned concerning efforts to provide reliable energy supplies to developing country health facilities.

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.

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.

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.

Power for Water

In Uganda, diarrheal diseases are responsible for 17% of deaths for children under 5 and account for 30,000 deaths per year in all age groups. In addition, families spend countless hours each day transporting water from source to point-of-use locations. In the conflict-affected regions in the North, the daily trek to get water increases the vulnerability of women to attack.

In Haiti, USAID is implementing the Improving Health Facility Infrastructure (IHFI) project, focused on providing reliable electrical power to hospitals and clinics throughout the country.

Assessing Health Facilities in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA - USAID conducted a two-week energy assessment of health facilities to make recommendations to PEPFAR.

Energy Efficiency Brings Health Benefits

In Gabrovo, Bulgaria, a USAID project focused on upgrading heating, ventilation, and energy management control systems, as well as lighting, windows, water heating equipment, and combined heat and power (cogeneration) systems. While the primary focus of the project was to demonstrate energy and financial savings to local officials, the project also yielded important health benefits.

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