A joint report by the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the International Renewable Energy Agency and Sustainable Energy for All has revealed that Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania need an investment of around $2,500 millions. to speed up access to electricity in health centers.
According to the report titled “Energizing Health: Accelerating Electricity Access in Health-Care Facilities,” at least 25,000 healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa had no access to electricity, 68,350 healthcare facilities only had access to unreliable electricity , while only half of the hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa had access to reliable electricity.
The report revealed that close to one billion people in low- and lower-middle-income countries were served by health facilities with unreliable electricity supply or no access to electricity at all.
He added that about 15 percent of healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa had no access to electricity at all.
According to a World Bank needs analysis included in the report, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries required some type of urgent intervention.
For example, a new electrical connection or backup power system and some $4.9 billion are urgently needed to bring them up to a minimum electrification standard.
According to the report, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest investment requirement to speed up access to electricity in healthcare facilities, illustrating the high level of energy insecurity in healthcare facilities in the region.
It read in part: “Geographically, Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest investment requirements (around $2.5 billion), with countries like Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania ranking high. in terms of the total. required investment.