Solar Powering Healthcare

Without access to electricity, health facilities are unable to provide access to modern healthcare. Yet, an estimated 3 out of every 4 health facilities across sub-Saharan Africa lack access to reliable electricity, and 1 in 4 have no access to electricity at all. Millions of people, in particular children, women and the elderly, are left vulnerable.

This is yet another face of poverty, limiting lives and potential. As we continue our fight against poverty, SolarAid has committed to ensuring that no clinic in Africa is left in the dark, without access to light and power. We believe that solar power has a vital role to play in helping solve this problem.

Working together with local health partners, we are developing programmes which aim to demonstrate that plug and play solar systems and handheld medical appliances, can be used to develop a sustainable, replicable and scalable model through which rural health facilities have improved access to a wider range and higher quality of healthcare services.

Solar lighting up clinics in the dark

When a laboratory is in the dark

Marianne Mwale has worked as a laboratory technician at St. Paul's Rural Mission Health Centre in Zambia for three years. The clinic suffers from long power cuts during the rainy season, but they recently got access to solar lights which helps the staff work during night time.

The last baby to be born in the dark

Margrat is the last woman to give birth in the dark at Mtimbaii Health Clinic in Malawi. The day after baby Diana was born, the clinic received solar. “I am happy. The baby was born in the dark but she has come with light."

A night at St. Luke's Hospital

Sister Martha has worked at St. Luke’s hospital in rural Zambia for 16 years. 6 years ago, the hospital got access to solar lights, but Sister Martha remembers a time before that.

Lighting up health centres in rural Zambia

By installing multi light solar homes systems that have the capacity to recharge batteries which can be used for small scale medical equipment, SolarAid is working on providing innovative solutions to increase medical capacity within rural Zambian health centres.