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Sub-Saharan Africa gets US$2.6 million in healthcare electrification grant

Economy Sub-Saharan Africa gets US$2.6 million in healthcare electrification grant

The Power Africa through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a grant totaling over US$2.6 which is equivalent to about K52.4 million, to solar energy companies’ healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Power Africa Acting Coordinator Mark Carrato said the grant will help in the provision of reliable and affordable off-grid electricity to nearly 300 healthcare facilities.

In Zambia, Muhanya Solar Limited will partner with the Churches Health Association of Zambia to provide electricity access to seven rural health facilities.

In the statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka by Public Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy Sean McIntosh, Muhanya will also electrify staff housing to generate revenue for the operation and maintenance of the solar systems.

“In support of the accelerated provision of off-grid solar energy to healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa, Power Africa is awarding grants to Muhanya Solar Ltd of Zambia, Havenhill Synergy Ltd of Nigeria, KYA-Energy goup of Togo, Nanoé of Madagascar, OffGridBox of Rwanda, One Power of Lesotho, PEG Solar of Ghana, Solar Works Of Mozambique, and Zuwa Energy of Malawi,” the statement read in part.

Mr Carrato explained that with other awardee countries, the Power Africa grant will support a variety of projects, including the electrification of rural health facilities and housing, as well as provide clean and renewable energy to aid provision of clean water.

He stated that solar energy holds great potential to expand and improve health care delivery in sub-Saharan Africa.

And USAID Counselor Chris Milligan underscored that the awards demonstrate what can be accomplished when the public and private sectors join together to break down the barriers to reliable electricity for rural healthcare facilities.

The Counselor pointed out that USAID is investing in a set of pilot projects that demonstrate how healthcare electrification can be delivered in a commercially sustainable manner, with strong private sector involvement.

Power Africa is a U.S. government-led partnership that brings together the collective resources of over 170 public and private sector partners to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Power Africa’s goal is to add more than 30,000 megawatts of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity and 60 million new home and business connections by 2030.

These companies will utilize Power Africa funding to provide off-grid solar electricity solutions to 288 healthcare facilities across the nine countries represented.

4 COMMENTS

  1. We thank our partners. The evil diasporans are now gnashing their teeth in anger and yet they are not even contributing to these countries they ran away to. All they are doing is getting state benefits there abroad

  2. The sum being mentioned is suspect. Wht is US$2.6 million to an area as large as Africa south of the Sahara? This kind of reporting is probably the work of an innumerate journalist.

  3. This is an insult. Kaizer Zulu has more money than this. Is this what you can give not just to Zambia but sub-saharan Africa? Balitumpa bamakaka. Even our debt, its somewhere about US$ 11 billion. The USA gave out about US$2.4 trillion in corona stimulus packages and there, they are still pursuing us for not even peanuts but utumate twa US$ 11 billion. I am pissed off. Bangwele, balobelyauma. Bayisa baleyaninginya ati down grade, down grade!! Debt, debt…bamunshilumbulwa, ba nyela pali ka needle pantu pesembe kuti ba cleaner. Bamwansakabinga, ba chumbunsholola, baba ifintu mumatoloshi.

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