Sunday, October 2, 2022
Published 3 Years Ago on Thursday, Feb 13 2020 By Inside Telecom Staff
a result of years of conflict within Yemen, public health services have
dramatically worsened. UN reports suggest that around half of the health
facilities in the country are non-functional or partly functioning. One of the
main reasons for this is that long lasting power cuts have become increasingly
regular since the outbreak of war. Over the last 5 years and even more so due
to power outages in remote and rural areas, Yemenis are unable to access
critical health care services to acceptable standards. Some healthcare
professionals reported that they occasionally have to work by candlelight. Also
a lack of transport caused by fuel shortages has prevented people from reaching
the remaining functional clinics in order to seek better health services.
before the conflict only two thirds of Yemenis had access to public electricity
– one of the lowest in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. Inn2017
after two years of war, this number dropped to below 10%.
One solution has presented itself to resolve the solar energy crisis in the country. This is making the most of the country’s almost constant sunlight. The World Bank Yemen Emergency Electricity Access Project started to install solar systems in remote and hard-to-reach areas – specifically schools and health facilities. The World Bank’s International Development Agency is partnered with the United Nations Office for Project Services and are working with local providers to support hundreds of health facilities across Yemen.
Because of this, millions of Yemenis will now have
access to dependable healthcare facilities that are powered by solar energy,
particularly in rural areas. Clinics will be able to maintain the cold-chain
required for immunization to help with access to essential vaccines as well as
other medicine and fundamental services.
and vulnerable women in remote areas are generally the least likely to receive
adequate health care in Yemen, in particular for pregnancies. But the Yemen
Emergency Electricity Access Project also helps ensure that health care workers
can reach them.
had to close as a result of the war, such as the Al-Salam Hospital in Lahi
governorate. However, the facility has recently received new solar
installations and is now able to take patients once again. Before this
intervention, the lack of electricity meant that the hospital staff could not
provide imperative health services – especially at night.
hospital was unable to admit patients for emergency and critical cases, child
delivery or obstructed labor cases. After receiving modern and efficient solar
power systems the hospital now operates 24 hours per day and seven days a week.
They have also just opened a special wing for child delivery and newborn care
workers in the Al-Salam hospital reported that they no longer see electricity
as an issue. They are enthusiastic to see the women in their community being
able to deliver their babies in much safer conditions.
World Bank and the Yemen Emergency Electricity Access Project is also
installing solar energy systems in schools and other public facilities to
provide reliable and affordable access to clean water, lighting, and other
primary services in the communities affected by the ongoing humanitarian
crisis. This solar power project aims at increasing resilience in rural areas,
where around 70% of Yemen’s population lives and where electricity remains a
major part of the current development crisis.
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