A new report has revealed that more than 1 billion people who live in developing countries have to cope without proper access to good healthcare. Hospitals are having to treat patients in the dark and healthcare facilities are lacking in the power they need to store vital medical supplies such as vaccines.
India and almost half of all its health facilities are suffering. The 580 million people of whom it serves lack electricity and according to the Poor People’s Energy Outlook a further 255 million people in the sub-Sahara Africa are at risk of poor healthcare as almost a third of facilities lack the correct amount of power required to run a facility.
Critical treatments such as childbirth and urgent treatments quite often have to be carried out by low lighting or even in the dark – certainly not ideal – especially in the healthcare industry. Even when full power is available rolling black outs occur all the time and can affect major surgeries and seriously hampers the quality of healthcare that people receive.
This is why energy policy has shot up the agenda at the UN and the focus has sharply focussed on the initiative Sustainable Energy for All. The initiative’s aims are to achieve universal access to energy by 2030 – including efficiency gains and an increase in the use of renewable energies – a subject heavily on many agendas in the developed world also.
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