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Solar power for a remote hospital in Malawi



African Steps will install solar power at St Peter's Hospital Likoma Island, to prevent the suffering and deaths which are occurring every single day as a result of the current lack of electricity. Solar power will transform the health care at the hospital for the 10,000 people who live on Likoma and for approximately 70,000 people from neighbouring Mozambique and Tanzania, for whom St Peter's is the nearest medical facility.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

St Peter's is the nearest health facility for approximately 80,000 people, but the power supply to the hospital is unreliable and extremely limited. The lack of power is resulting in lives being lost in the operating theatre and is also leading to deaths and unnecessary suffering on the wards, as many items of vital medical equipment, such as oxygen concentrators, suction machines and nebulisers (for asthmatics) cannot be used without power. Patient care is often done without any lighting.

How will this project solve this problem?

Sun is in abundant supply on Likoma and if solar power was installed, the power supply would be constant and reliable. There will be power for the clinical officers to see to perform operations and the vital, life saving medical equipment will be used whenever needed. Solar will enable the hospital to have constant refrigeration, meaning that drugs such as anti-venom for snake bites will be stored and there will also be a blood bank. Lighting will also hugely improve the patient care given.

Potential Long Term Impact

Once installed, solar power is easy to maintain and is very cheap to run, which means that St Peter's hospital will have constant power and be able to save many lives and provide hugely improved healthcare for some of the poorest and most isolated people in the world.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $13,693
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,807
Total Funding Goal: $19,500


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African Steps

Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Project Leader

Kathryn Garnett

Loughborough, United Kingdom

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