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

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

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.

Health facility retrofit programs should include efforts to work with all levels of health sector institutions to improve their capacity to address the myriad of issues which are a pre-requisite for the effective and safe operation of health facility energy systems.

A fundamental part of energy management, and the first step in improving a health facility energy system, is an electrical load inventory.  An electrical load inventory is a listing of all electricity-consuming equipment in a facility, everything from light bulbs to expensive lab equipment to cell phone chargers.

Maintenance logs and task checklists should be maintained for all on-site energy supply equipment.

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

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.

High value technology in developing countries is an automatic target for theft. Several techniques have proven effective in mitigating the likelihood of system theft including full-time guards, anti-theft mounting systems and cages, and proper system maintenance.

Building electrical systems are designed to safely distribute electricity to various locations in a building in order to power electrical loads.  The proper design and installation of such systems is critical to ensuring the safety and reliability of electricity supply.  This is especially true in medical facilities, where safety and reliability are of exceptional importance.