The Power to Save Lives

The Power to Save Lives

 

Aljumhori Hospital in Sana’a

 

When health facilities are without reliable electricity, doctors will struggle to provide life-saving care during the day or at night. Many sections are cancelled especially at night, procedures are postponed until morning, and in some cases, patients are turned away from hospitals when the power is down. Patients have died unnecessarily when they can’t get emergency care, or when they receive suboptimal care by health providers attempting to conduct life-saving care in darkness or/and absent of electricity. When there is no power the health facilities will keep struggling to survive and save people life

 

 

The ongoing conflict in Yemen has significantly worsened the already low electricity access level with severe impacts on urban public services as well as commercial and industrial activities, which all rely heavily on a functioning power supply. Fuel is scarce and many electricity generation facilities have been damaged. The national grid has disintegrated into several subnational systems because transmission links were damaged or ceased operations due to the conflict. Consequently, public electricity supply has been completely shut down in large areas of the country, including major cities such as Sana’a, Al Hodeidah and Taiz. The impact on facilities dependent on reliable electricity has been devastating. Hospitals, water pumping stations, water treatment stations, industry and commercial facilities have all had to cut back operations or find alternative power sources.

 

Only an estimated 10 percent of the population has access to reliable electricity. Light emissions visible from satellite imagery indicate that electricity consumption has decreased by about 75 percent

 

Renewable Energy:

 

The conflict in Yemen has had a devastating impact on critical urban services, including water and sanitation, municipal services, urban transport and electricity. Key facilities have been damaged or destroyed, fuel and other basic supplies are missing, and electricity supply to operate facilities is often lacking.

 

in receiving connected electricity in every aspect of their lives and as a result, many have since become reliant on solar energy, an alternative clean and renewable energy source which has also minimized cost, time and effort. As fuel, prices are very high because of the war, In addition, the source of many environmental problems that the world is facing today such as climate change, global warming and deforestation; is not far from the energy system we use.

 

UN/ Murad Abdullah

 

The World Bank and UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) decided to step in and support main hospitals and healthcare centers in many cities in Yemen with the renewable energy through Yemen Integrated Urban Services Emergency Project (YIUSEP).

The Project’s integrated approach ensures important sectoral linkages as an integral part of the design of project activities. As a result, providing electricity for critical services such general hospitals and health centers in target cities for the first year was crucial. The investment selection for the first year was based on close coordination and collaboration between UNOPS and UN Health Cluster, WHO, and the relevant District Local Authorities (DLAs). In the first year, the projects is targeting 89 health and educational facilities including three solar street lighting sub-projects.

 

 

Solar panels became common on the skyline of Yemeni’s houses since the civil war engulfed in 2015

 

UN/ Hajar Hashem

120 kW Solar Installation for Aljumhori Hospital in Sana’a

For many Yemenis, receiving healthcare treatment is a challenge in the conflict-affected country, and this has been further compounded due to the lack of steady electricity supply to the hospitals.  Al-Jumhoriah hospital in Sanaa, is a typical example where unpredicted power outages due to lack of fuel “diesel” or generators fail are a challenge. A diesel generator, which is expensive in long run and presents negative environment impacts is used at Al-Jumhoriah as a solution to power outages.

 

Approximately 40,000 Yemenis benefit from the Aljumhori Hospital services daily

 

The supply and installation of a separate solar PV generator system for Al-Jamhori public hospital in Sana’a was the largest solar system (120 KW) with total budget 477,350.15 USD in Yemen completed in September 2018 with actual beneficiaries of more than 17,000 (51% female) as of December 17.

 

“The solar panel and heaters also achieve significant savings by the reduction of diesel consumption and greenhouse gases including Carbon Dioxide (CO2) per year. This solar project system also has an attractive rapid return on investment (ROI) of 5.5 years. Based on an average of 420 Units of power generated per day for a 120 kW system with numerous other parameters”  Eng, Khaled Ba Salama