«It is of vital importance in Africa to provide the healthcare workers with the resources to work properly and to operate effectively in medical facilities that treat thousands of people every day. As of now, these facilities are not able to face emergency situations such as the one we are currently experiencing all over the world.»
Giorgio Giorgi, Head of Technical Development Liter of Light Europe
Liter of Light provides energy to medical facilities in Senegal and help to face health emergencies in rural areas.
On March the 11th 2020, the WHO Director-General (World Health Organization) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has announced Covid-19 to be no longer an epidemic, but a pandemic spread all over the world.
As it happened across the world, in Africa as well, the virus is outlining the structural problems common to many countries: above all, the critical condition of the health system, especially in rural areas. Africa has no intensive care and has 5 beds for one million of inhabitants (Source: WHO).
It is estimated that in Senegal there is one hospital bed for every 1400 people (Source: WHO) and, in rural areas, medical facilities are mainly off-grid or only partially electrified. In addition to the problem of lighting, medicines storing and work tools sterilization, rural hospitals are lacking adequate ventilation systems, that guarantee a sufficient liveability of the spaces, and the possibility of charging cell phones to allow health workers to be always connected.
A very critical set of elements needed to face a world emergency as the COVID-19.
How we want to act: an Emergency Kit for the healthcare facilities
Batteries 12V 200Ah
The first five hospitals ready to be connected to solar energy sources
The latest project we delivered right before the covid emergency breakout
In February 2020 we coordinated the second Senegalese edition of the Lightforce Project, which delivered the lighting of the Kaffrine’s villages and the energy optimization of the Ndiao Bambaly hospital. This was achieved by setting up three home light solutions for the internal lighting of the medical center and by connecting the entire hospital to solar power sources.