Powering Healthcare: Making the Case for Greater Investment in Health Facility Electrification

Wednesday, April 5th: 15:00 - 16:00 - Building 313

HOST: UN Foundation

Despite energy’s critical role in health systems, it is estimated that tens of thousands of health centers and clinics across the developing world lack adequate electricity and the health services it powers. The session will draw on the experiences of governments, donors and development institutions that are currently (or have previously been) supporting energy interventions in the health sector, to explore factors facilitating and constraining greater investment in health facility electrification in resource-constrained settings. The roundtable is intended to elevate this important, but often overlooked, issue within the sustainable development agenda, while helping to share experiences and successes that can help others facing similar challenges advance the energy and health nexus.

Jem Porcaro Senior Director of Energy Access UN Foundation
H.E. Chitalu Chilufya Minister of Health Republic of Zambia
Nawa Raj Dhakal Director Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Nepal
Gareth Martin Head of Sustainable Energy, Climate and Environment Department Department for International Development (DFID)
Martim Maya Country Director for Zambia UNDP
Guy Rino Meyers Senior Advisor for Procurement and Supply Management UNDP
Stefan Swartling Peterson Chief of Health Section UNICEF