Unicef solar-powers 30 rural clinics

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BY IRENE MOYO
THE Health and Child Care ministry has partnered the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) in a project to power rural health facilities with solar systems.

The project seeks to improve access to quality healthcare services for women and children in Chipinge and Chimanimani in Manicaland province as well as Gokwe North and South in Midlands.

A Unicef report published on February 28 titled: Sustainable Energy for Health Facilities and Surrounding Communities Programme announced the project.

“About 30 healthy facilities in targeted districts will benefit from solar system installation, sustaining the cold chain for vaccination and improving the general conditions of certain facilities such as expecting women’s waiting rooms,” the report read in part.

“These districts were selected based on assessment by Unicef in consultation with the relevant authorities, mapping out a community that requires alternative energy sources.”

The report noted that surrounding communities will benefit from the energy-saving stove initiative, a project that seeks to provide an alternative cooking solution that protects the environment.

Rural health facilities face a number of challenges including lack of running water and reliable power supply.

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