Empowering Healthcare: Yuka Adventist Hospital Shines Light on International Day of Clean Energy

The Global Challenge of Energy Access and Environmental Sustainability

In celebration of the International Day of Clean Energy, ADRA takes steps towards addressing the dual challenge of ensuring access to energy for all while safeguarding the environment. The United Nations reports that 675 million people currently live without access to electricity, with a staggering four out of five residing in Sub-Saharan Africa. This lack of reliable power significantly hinders crucial sectors such as healthcare, education, and economic development.

Yuka Adventist Hospital’s Struggle with Unreliable Power

Located 800 km west of Zambia’s capital Lusaka, Yuka Adventist Hospital (YAH) is one of the oldest clinics, serving the rural districts of Kalabo and Sikongo. With a capacity of 120 beds, YAH faced a significant challenge due to frequent power outages from the grid. The hospital incurred high bills as diesel generators ran for extended hours, impacting healthcare services and operational costs.

The Solar Power Initiative at Yuka Hospital

In response to YAH’s energy challenges, ADRA Austria took a proactive step by supporting installing a solar photovoltaic system. This system was designed to provide a continuous energy supply to run critical equipment 24 hours a day, making Yuka Hospital less dependent on the unreliable power grid.

Transformative Impact: Yuka Hospital’s Testimony

The implementation of the Solar Power Backup Project at Yuka Adventist Mission Hospital brought about a transformative change. Mr. Richard Likando, the Hospital Administrator, attested to the positive impact, stating that the project significantly improved and ensured safe service delivery.

A Reliable Solution for Critical Situations

Mr. Likando shared instances where unstable grid power supply and frequent outages posed serious challenges to service delivery, even leading to life-saving procedures being conducted under ‘candlelight arrangements.’ With the newly installed Solar Power Backup System, the hospital now operates without constant fears of disruptions, ensuring a reliable and dependable source of energy.

A Glimpse into the Impact on Maternal and Child Health

The Hospital Administrator recounted scenarios where the Solar Power Backup System played a critical role in ensuring the safety of both mothers and newborns during medical procedures. The reliable power supply eliminated the risks associated with abrupt power outages, creating a safer environment for medical interventions such as Caesarean Sections.

In a heartfelt expression of gratitude, Mr. Likando concluded with “TO GOD BE THE GLORY!” recognizing the donors and ADRA for making a significant difference in the lives of the community served by Yuka Adventist Mission Hospital.

Conclusion: Lighting the Path Forward

As we commemorate the International Day of Clean Energy, initiatives, such as the Solar Power Backup Project at Yuka Adventist Mission Hospital, are a step toward a future where clean and reliable energy transforms communities and ensures no one is left behind. Together, we continue to celebrate milestones in sustainable development, making healthcare and essential services accessible to all.