Powering Healthcare

This programme provides the solutions needed by governments and their partners to increase investment in health facility electrification efforts.

COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the inequalities and vulnerabilities of health systems across the world. Long before the pandemic made daily headlines, the lack of reliable power in healthcare facilities was undermining the quality of healthcare for millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.  

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) will drive the powering healthcare agenda by equipping governments and their development partners with the evidence and solutions to achieve universal electrification of health facilities by 2030.

The Powering Healthcare workplan is structured around the following activity ‘pillars’:  

  • Data & Research: build the evidence base for powering healthcare facilities, particularly related to: (i) sector intelligence/mapping; and (ii) impact research (health impact & multiplier effect)
  • Thought Leadership: Develop new ideas and solutions that address critical barriers to the wide-scale and sustainable adoption of distributed clean energy solutions in health facilities: (i) scalable and sustainable business models; (ii) policy and planning; and (iii) technical standards and quality assurance frameworks
  • Finance: provide innovative finance to de-risk investment and spur innovation in electrifying healthcare facilities
  • Collaboration & Coordination: strengthen the political technical cooperation and knowledge exchange among health and energy players
  • Advocacy & Communications: carry out advocacy and communications campaigns to raise awareness and educate stakeholders about the need and opportunity to provide better health services by powering healthcare facilities
  • Country-level Advisory: assist priority countries through the various stages of a large-scale health facility electrification program

Expected outcomes

  • Stronger commitments and policies from governments and their development partners to address the lack of reliable power in health facilities by equipping decision-makers with the evidence and data to make informed policy decisions and take action
  • Increased public and private investments in health facility electrification by cultivating new and innovative business models and financing mechanisms
  • Improved sustainability of interventions through technical assistance and business model innovations
  • Successful country-level health facility electrification programmes that can act as a source of knowledge and inspiration for other countries