PROJECT: Healthcare

SOLAR PV SYSTEM POWERING HEALTH CLINIC IN UGANDA

Background

Kristina Health Clinic (KHC) is located in Otuke, Uganda. A rural community in Northern Uganda currently in the process of overcoming poverty after decades of civil war. The clinic is providing primary medical care including triage and appropriate treatment, disease testing, inoculation, medication dispensing and education. Before KHC was opened, there was no other health facilities in the area within 72km radius, leaving people to suffer without access to adequate care.

Objective

The objective of this project was to install a solar PV system to provide power to run ultrasound machines, x-ray machines and all necessary medical equipment, especially to service the maternity ward. Kristina Health Clinic (KHC) currently delivers an average of one baby per day. The closest public hospital is 72km away, which unfortunately finds itself with babies in humidity cribs that are not switched on due to lack of power and no backup system. Installing solar power would allow Kristine Health Clinic to provide the best possible care to expectant mothers and their babies.

IMPACT PARTNER

NECA Victoria joined with us as IMPACT PARTNERS for this project.

PROJECT PARTNER

Love Mercy is our project partner for this project. Love Mercy began in 2010 in Sydney, Australia after Eloise Wellings, Australian Olympian, met Ugandan Olympian and former child soldier, Julius Achon. She promised to fulfill his dream of restoring hope to his village in Northern Uganda after decades of civil war. Love Mercy sees a future where Northern Uganda is transformed through simple solutions to poverty. Our two main projects, Cents for Seeds and the Kristina Health Centre, increase access to education, health care, and income generation and are funded entirely by generous donations from the public.

ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR

Overwhelmed by the generosity of NECA Victoria, the fundraiser at NECA Excellence Awards raised $20,000, which went towards this solar project. In October 2019 the solar system was installed, much to the delight of Kristina Health Clinic.