Nearly 1 billion people in middle- and low-income countries around the world are served by health facilities that do not have reliable electricity.
According to the joint report of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the World Bank and the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) platform entitled “Revitalizing Health: Accelerating Access to Electricity in Healthcare Facilities,” nearly 8 percent of World population 1 (billion) treatment in health centers that do not have reliable electricity.
Access to electricity is essential to providing quality health care in situations such as the birth of babies, emergencies such as heart attacks, and life-saving vaccines.
It is well known that it would not be possible to access universal health insurance without reliable electricity.
While 1 in 10 health facilities in countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity, nearly half of health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe electricity.
Although there have been some advances in this field in recent years, about 1 billion people around the world are still served in health facilities that have no safe electricity or no electricity at all. The number of people who cannot access this service is calculated as close to the combined population of the USA, Indonesia, Pakistan and Germany.
While there is inequality in access to electricity within countries, the rate of access to electricity in health centers is lower in rural areas than in cities. Identifying such tolerances is critical to identifying where they are most needed and taking action.
Decentralized sustainable energy solutions, such as solar photovoltaic systems, are cheaper and cleaner, and do not need to wait for the central grid to arrive.
Investing in reliable, clean and sustainable energy
It is stated that easy-to-find solutions to safe electricity will have a significant impact on public health.
As climate change continues to affect the health system and health facilities, the importance of building health facilities that are resistant to these conditions is also emphasized.
Maria Neira, WHO’s director of environment, climate change and health, whose views are included in the report, noted that access to electricity in health facilities can make the difference between life and death.
“Investing in reliable, clean and sustainable energy for healthcare facilities is essential not only for pandemic preparedness but also for achieving universal health coverage and climate resilience compliance,” said Neira. Use phrases.
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