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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.

Technical Drawings

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions and answers about the Powering Health web portal developed by USAID.

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.

Energy Audit

A spreadsheet tool and guide designed to be an overall off-grid energy information package to help energy experts and procurement officers collect and analyze information, plan PV and generator systems in off-grid health centers, and develop specifications and bidding documents.

About

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.

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.