March 12, 2021
After reaching Uganda in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the many challenges of the healthcare sector – including poor and limited access to lighting.
This not only impacts health centres and ambulance bases, forcing them to operate in the dark, it also hinders the overall functioning of the healthcare system as soon as the sun sets. Providing solar powered lighting to these health facilities strengthens the local capacity to serve the population impacted by COVID-19 in the immediate future, serving as a catalyst to a strengthened healthcare system for the longer term.
This project, funded by the Signify Foundation in partnership with Ministry of Health Uganda, Village Energy, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) began in July 2020 – a crucial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, seeking to improve service delivery for Level III and IV Health Centers across Uganda.
In addition to the solar home systems and lanterns distributed to the health centers, street lights were also installed so as to boost security and provide a safe working space for the healthcare workers during the night.