Solar electrification of a hospital

The project aims to install and implement a solar power system at the Magbenteh Community Hospital in order to provide stable, clean, sustainable and cost-effective electricity.This will relieve the hospital from the burden of electrical failures and time-wasting additional repairs, enabling it to focus on providing better healthcare to patients. More specifically, it will improve the productivity and lifespan of the medical and general equipment, provide a reliable healthcare service through stable and renewable energy supply, optimise the voltage for each building, reduce expenditure on consumption of electricity from the national grid, and reduce expenses on diesel and maintenance for back-up generators and on repairs and spare parts for damaged medical equipment. The use of renewable, sustainable and environmentally-friendly energy will comply with the “Off-Grid/Revolution in Sierra Leone Plan” launched by the Sierra Leone Ministry of Energy.

The Swiss Sierra Leone Development Foundation (SSLDF) is a Swiss association founded in 1996. It seeks to enhance and promote the welfare and socio-economic development of vulnerable groups in Sierra Leone


News

Type

Health / Environment

Duration

December 2019 –November 2020

Location

Makeni / Sierra Leone

With whom

Swiss Sierra Leone Development Foundation (SSLDF)

Website

www.ssldf.com

Sierra Leone

Population
7.6 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 510/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
53% (2011)

Literacy rate
32% (2016)

Human Development Index
184th out of 189 countries (2018)

Sierra Leone has made considerable progress since the end of the civil war in 2002, consolidating peace, democracy and improving development indicators. The Sierra Leone government has prioritised and implemented reforms aimed at reducing corruption, providing health care and improving transport, power and public health infrastructures. Despite these significant political and socio-economic achievements, infant and maternal mortality rates are among the worst in the world. Poverty is heavily concentrated in the rural and other urban areas around Freetown. Underemployment remains a challenge and is especially acute in rural areas, compounded by a high level of illiteracy. The Ebola outbreak in 2014 added immense pressure to already fragile health systems.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.