2019 Conference

Harnessing renewable energy and energy efficiency to create stronger, more resilient health systems


InterContinental Hotel
Nairobi, Kenya
April 24-25, 2019

Organized by:
In strong collaboration with

the World Health Organization and:

About

The United Nations Foundation, together with our partners, is hosting a conference on Clean Energy for Health Care in Nairobi, Kenya from April 24-25, 2019 that will bring together key energy and health sector stakeholders, including policymakers, development partners, practitioners, funders, and NGOs to promote the role of clean energy in creating stronger and more resilient health systems in Africa.

It is estimated that one in four health facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa lacks access to electricity, and three in four facilities lack reliable power. This absence of adequate power impedes the delivery of quality health care. It leads to vaccine spoilage, interruptions in the use of essential medical and diagnostic devices, and lack of even the most basic lighting and communications for maternal delivery and emergency procedures. It also limits the hours of operation and retention of rural health workers and undermines the provision of adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene. Simply put, the capacity of Africa’s health systems – from community clinics to urban hospitals – to deliver adequate care is hugely hampered by the continent’s lack of access to electricity.

The conference will bring together partners to:

  • Raise awareness among policymakers to the importance of and the opportunity that renewable energy and energy efficiency play in creating stronger, more resilient health systems in Africa and why additional attention to and resources for this issue are urgently needed.
  • Exchange knowledge and practical experiences in delivering energy services to health facilities in resource-constrained environments. Emphasis will be placed on how to improve upon the “business-as-usual” approach to powering health facilities, through innovations and best practices in fields such as decentralized renewable energy, energy-efficient medical devices, and financing/delivery models.
  • Build a coalition in support of global action on clean energy and health care.

Program

Day 1: April 24 – Raising Ambition

The day will help to raise awareness among policy makers about the importance of and the opportunity that renewable energy and energy efficiency present in creating stronger, more resilient health systems in Africa and to why additional attention to and resources for this issue are urgently needed.

Learn from leading voices from the energy and the health sectors, about the role energy plays in achieving universal health coverage.

  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (video address), Director-General, World Health Organization
  • Rachel Kyte (video address), CEO and Special Representative for the Secretary-General, Sustainable Energy for All

The opening Keynote Presentation will set the scene and provide a basic state-of-play, to introduce the themes of the Conference.

  • Jem Porcaro, Senior Director for Energy Access, UN Foundation

In this opening session, panelists will discuss synergies between the sustainable energy and health agendas, including the need for closer cooperation between the energy and health sectors to maximize health benefits.

The session will provide a health care professional’s perspective on the importance of having adequate and reliable electricity to providing critical patient care.

  • Dr. Marleen Temmerman, Director, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University
  • Dr. Evrard Nahimana, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Partners in Health
  • Dr. Niall Conroy, Public Health Physician, Centre for Emergency Medical Science, University College Dublin & Project Bo
  • Evaline Lang’at, Department of Health, Kilifi County Government

The session will take a closer look at the current and growing demands for electricity in different types of health facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Rahul Srinivasan, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
  • Heather Adair-Rohani, Team Leader, Energy and Health, World Health Organization
  • Sitra Mulepo, Senior Engineer, Ministry of Health, Uganda
  • Arne Jacobson, Director, Schatz Energy Research Center, Humboldt State University

The session will examine the role and increasing use of decentralized clean energy technologies in delivering health care services to under-served communities.

  • Christine Eibs Singer, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Energy for All
  • Dr. Laura Stachel, Executive Director and Co-Founder, We Care Solar
  • Seth Mahu, Deputy Director, Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy, Ghana
  • Saleban Omar, Senior Regional Programme Advisor, UNDP

The session will provide empirical evidence of the links between energy access and health service provision.

  • Dr. Rebekah Shirley, Director of Research, Power for All
  • Dena Javadi, Technical Officer, World Health Organization
  • Sasmita Patnaik, Programme Lead, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Day 2: April 25 – Building Blocks of Success

The day will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and practical experiences around key building blocks for delivering energy services to health facilities in resource-constrained environments.

The session will examine different business models for electrifying health facilities with decentralized clean energy solutions. Stakeholders will discuss challenges and lessons learned in delivering and financing solutions and discuss new and emerging approaches that could help to ensure the financial sustainability and scalability of interventions.

The session will explore the progress being made in the design of health technologies and medical devices tailored to low-resource settings. It will bring together manufacturers, practitioners and other stakeholders to discuss how to innovate and adapt medical devices in an effort to ensure adequate health services for all.

The session will examine different monitoring and evaluation strategies for health facility electrification programs, with a view towards building consensus on how to measure their impact.

The session will explore common pitfalls and best practices in quality assurance for the design, installation and maintenance of off-grid energy solutions at health facilities.

  • Meg Harper, Research Engineer, Schatz Energy Research Center, Humboldt State University
  • Sitra Mulepo, Senior Engineer, Ministry of Health, Uganda
  • Sam Dargan, Founder and CEO, Great Lakes Energy
  • Eng. Ajeiigbe A. Jacob, Assistant Director, Off-grid and Energy Efficiency, Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing, Nigeria

The panel will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities for using decentralized clean energy solutions to help deliver health care in crisis and humanitarian settings.

  • Luc Severi, Manager, Energy Access, UN Foundation
  • Maria Ten Palomares, Energy Project Developer, Medecins Sans Frontieres
  • Mikael Clason Hook, Co-founder, Kube Energy
  • Talal Kanaan, Energy Specialist

The session will bring together representatives from the health, energy and rural development sectors to discuss policy practices and gaps for enabling better delivery of health services to under-served populations, using decentralized clean energy solutions as a catalyst. Representatives will examine how to facilitate inter-sectoral cooperation at different levels of decision making to design effective policies and programmes.

Featured Speakers

Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Video Address)

World Health Organization

Rachel Kyte (Video Address)

CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair, UN Energy

Dr. Maria Neira

Director, Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization

Conference Speakers

Arne Jacobson

Schatz Center Director, Humboldt University

Christine Eibs Singer

Senior Advisor, Sustainable Energy for All

Dena Javadi

Technical Officer, World Health Organization

Evaline Lang’at

Department of Health, Kilifi County Government

Dr. Evrard Nahimana

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Partners in Health

Heather Adair-Rohani

Team Leader, Energy and Health, World Health Organization

Jem Porcaro

Senior Director for Energy Access, United Nations Foundation

Laura Stachel

Co-founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar

Luc Severi

Manager, Energy Access, United Nations Foundation

Maria Ten Palomares

Energy Project Developer, Médecins Sans Frontières

Prof. Dr. Marleen Temmerman

Director, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University

Meg Harper

Senior Research Engineer, Schatz Center, Humboldt University

Mikael Höök

Co-founder, Kube Energy

Dr. Niall Conroy

Public Health Physician, Centre for Emergency Medical Science, University College Dublin & Project Bo

Nyamolo Abagi

Manager, East Africa, CLASP

Rahul Srinivasan

Energy Specialist, The World Bank

Raihan Elahi

Lead Energy Specialist, The World Bank

Dr. Rebekah Shirley

Director of Research, Power for All

Saleban Omar

Senior Regional Advisor HIV, Health and Development, UNDP

Salvatore VInci

Deputy Director, Country Support and Partnerships, IRENA

Sasmita Patnaik

Programme Lead, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Talal Kanaan

Independent Consultant

Contact

For more information about the Conference please contact: info@poweringhc.org

Please note, the Conference is by-invitation-only. If you wish to be invited, please also contact: info@poweringhc.org

Organizations interested in hosting a side event on the margins of the Conference (April 26th) should contact: Luc Severi, Energy Access Manager: lseveri@unfoundation.org

Getting to the Venue

For confirmed participants:

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