Energy and Health

Energy is critical for vital primary health care services. Yet, an estimated tens of thousands of health centers across low- and middle-income countries lack electricity. Many hospitals with grid connections suffer from frequent and debilitating blackouts. In parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, it is estimated that only 28% of health facilities have access to reliable electricity.

Infrastructure – including electricity – is the main driver behind the additional $274 billion needed per year by 2030 to make progress towards the health-orientated Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3). Closing this access gap by 2030 will not be possible through business-as-usual, grid-centric approaches.

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is working to advance progress at the intersection of SDG3 and SDG7. We are doing this by supporting the global community’s efforts to bring about the systemic changes necessary to achieve universal electrification of health facilities by 2030. We also focus on bringing together and strengthening engagement between the energy access and health communities to improve health outcomes.

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