Press Release: USAID’s Power Africa Launches Partnership to Electrify Health Facilities Across Sub-Saharan Africa as Part of President Biden’s Global Infrastructure Initiative
Today, as part of the catalytic global infrastructure initiative announced by President Biden at the Carbis Bay G7 Summit last year, USAID’s Power Africa announced plans for a new public and private sector alliance that will electrify an additional 10,000 healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa over the next eight to ten years.
The Healthcare Electrification and Telecommunication Alliance will enhance health services and assist in COVID-19 response efforts by providing reliable, renewable, and affordable electricity in healthcare facilities across sub-Saharan Africa. Electrifying and digitally connecting health facilities with a mobile network connection will strengthen vaccine cold chains, reduce health supply wastage, shore up digital health infrastructure to improve service access and delivery, facilitate information sharing, and support electronic medical records. It will also allow for realtime infection and disease rate monitoring, surveillance, and reporting, especially the most vulnerable populations of women and children. This initiative will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing a clean renewable power source and relieving reliance on diesel generators.