Harnessing renewable energy and energy efficiency to create stronger, more resilient health systems
April 24-25, 2019
|In strong collaboration with
the World Health Organization and:
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.
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.
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
Schatz Center Director, Humboldt University
Christine Eibs Singer
Senior Advisor, Sustainable Energy for All
Technical Officer, World Health Organization
Department of Health, Kilifi County Government
Dr. Evrard Nahimana
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Partners in Health
Team Leader, Energy and Health, World Health Organization
Senior Director for Energy Access, United Nations Foundation
Co-founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar
Manager, Energy Access, United Nations Foundation
Maria Ten Palomares
Energy Project Developer, Médecins Sans Frontières
Senior Research Engineer, Schatz Center, Humboldt University
Co-founder, Kube Energy
Dr. Niall Conroy
Public Health Physician, Centre for Emergency Medical Science, University College Dublin & Project Bo
Manager, East Africa, CLASP
Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Lead Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Dr. Rebekah Shirley
Director of Research, Power for All
Senior Regional Advisor HIV, Health and Development, UNDP
Deputy Director, Country Support and Partnerships, IRENA
Programme Lead, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
For more information about the Conference please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, the Conference is by-invitation-only. If you wish to be invited, please also contact: email@example.com
Organizations interested in hosting a side event on the margins of the Conference (April 26th) should contact: Luc Severi, Energy Access Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org