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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.

Kalungi Hospital is located 125 kilometers south of Kampala, Uganda, off the Kampala-Masaka Highway. The facility serves as both a health clinic and a nursing school; nurses who complete the Kalungi program are deployed into village hospitals. The hospital has a seven person staff with one medical assistant. The clinic sees 20 to 30 patients daily; this number increases to about 50 during malaria season. Some patients can pay a small fee of roughly 400 shillings, or 22 cents.

USAID conducted a training course focused on improving energy services to support laboratory infrastructure at local health facilities.

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.

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.

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.

Energy Efficiency

Incorporating energy efficiency measures for health facilities will help to reduce future challenges associated with off-grid clinics or those with unreliable grid power supply.