From the Network- October 2018

Dear Practitioners,

During the month of August, my UNF energy access colleagues and I took trips to opposite sides of the Atlantic to engage in off-grid energy-related activities. Clay Meyer and I traveled to attend the Intersolar South America in São Paulo, Brazil where we participated in and supported an Alliance for Rural Electrification – UN Foundation Off-grid Workshop. My colleague, Luc Severi and Maeve Givens traveled to Uganda where they visited electrified health clinics and met with key players in national and regional governments.

Over 20,000 people attended the 6th Intersolar South America exhibition and conference which took place from August 28-30, 2018. As the largest exhibition and conference for the South American Solar Industry, this event provided a key platform for international exhibitors to promote renewable energy technologies. We partnered wt the Alliance for Rural Electrification’s Off-grid Workshop titled Empowering Communities Through Energy Access, where we had the pleasure of meeting some of our Latin America based Energy Access Practitioner Network members and highlighting our Survey 2017 findings. I spoke about the support needed for rural communities to access clean energy. During this conference, we raised the visibility of the EAPN and provided insight into the network to LAC practitioners.

Luc and Maeve traveled to Uganda, and visited sites where the UNF has supported the electrification of rural off-grid health facilities. They visited three clinics, each of which has continuously benefitted from a reliable source of power since the UNF’s intervention one year ago. Although we are still awaiting the results of a rigorous WHO-led impact assessment, the midwives, nurses, and patients interviewed responded very positively to questions about the impact of gaining access to electricity in the health clinics. These individuals stated that the power has improved the quality of care, the utilization rate of the clinic, and staff motivation.

We look forward to continue sharing more about our work with the EAPN and on Powering Health Care, and encourage you all to visit and Powering Health Care website for regular updates.