Solar energy to provide emergency power to hospitalsJun 18, 2016
With Libya already facing significant challenges to its health sector, frequent electricity shortages are hampering the operation of vital equipment and placing patients’ lives at risk. As part of the Early Recovery component of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) “Energy for Life Saving” intervention is providing an innovative solution with the installation of solar power backup systems in the hospitals of most major Libyan cities.
UNDP has kicked off the project with a site survey in Tripoli and Sebha, covering the Ali Omar Askar Neuro Surgery, Abu Sleem Accidents & Emergency Hospital, Tripoli Medical Centre, Tripoli Central and Sebah Central Hospital. Further surveys are scheduled in Benghazi in June. The solar panels will enable hospitals to continuously operate equipment such as dialysis machines, surgical support tools and refrigerators for storing medicines.
Funding for the project comes from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), with sustainability a critical component of the project design. “I am enthusiastic about UNDP’s support to provide hospitals with solar energy systems, and I would ask for more technical support and training for the sustainability of the system,” said Dr. Al-Hamali, the head and Director of Technical Department of Tripoli Central Hospital.