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Harnessing Solar Energy for Health Needs

Many health facilities in remote areas operate without grid electricity, have unreliable electricity, or find that using electricity is too costly. In these settings, solar energy is a promising solution for powering the storage and transportation of vaccines and heat‐sensitive drugs at controlled temperatures. Using specific examples from Africa and Asia, this fact sheet describes work on several solar technologies tailored to the following local electrical power conditions: unavailable or unreliable power, intermittent power, and reliable power.

Author: PATH, World Health Organization

Published: 2012

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Also known as: Exploiter l'Énergie Solaire Pour les Besoins de Santé

Resource types: PATH resource, Fact sheet

Diseases/vaccines: Not disease/vaccine specific

Topics: Cold chain technologies

Regions: Africa, Asia