On April 6th, the International Health Day was celebrated worldwide; it was a good opportunity to stop and think about all the interlinkages between energy and health.
Around 1 billion people worldwide are served by health centres and hospitals which lack access to electricity. Lack of access to reliable energy in health care facilities is a serious obstacle impeding the delivery of essential health services, particularly in remote rural areas . Decentralized renewable energy solutions can reduce health hazards around the home and power critical health facilities.
Access to energy is a critical enabler for delivery of health services, here are some of the reasons:
But the energy impact on health is broader than health services, ensuring access to clean energy is also important because:
These and many other impacts demonstrate the important and inextricable linkages between sustainable energy access (SDG 7) and good health and well-being (SDG 3) and the need to promote efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable, especially women and children.
When we power healthcare, we can empower brighter, healthier and more sustainable communities.
To learn more about energy and health, check these factsheets from Power for All, partner of ALER:
 World Health Organization (2014) Access to modern energy services for health facilities in resource-constrained settings: a review of status, significance, challenges and measurement.
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