January 19

Report: One Billion People Lack Access to Health Facilities with Reliable Electricity

Nearly one billion people in low- and middle-income countries lack access to health facilities with reliable electricity, a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) found.

Electricity is essential for the functioning of medical equipment like ventilators, incubators, and cold-chain storage for vaccines, as well as basic hospital needs like computers and air circulation systems required to keep them running smoothly. Without a steady supply of electricity, healthcare services like childbirth, emergency care, and vaccinations cannot be adequately provided.

Photo courtesy of Health Policy Plus.

Source: Health Policy Watch (link opens in a new window)

Energy, Health Care
energy access, infrastructure, reproductive health, vaccines