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Saving Lives Through Solar Energy

Access to reliable electricity is crucial for the delivery of quality healthcare. Yet over 60% of healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries suffer a lack of dependable electricity. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how this problem weakens critical patient care and vaccine storage systems, severely undermining the capability of frontline health workers to save lives. At the current pace of health facility electrification, many countries will fail to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring good health and well-being by providing equitable and universal health access by 2030.

The slow pace of health facility electrification to date is primarily a process problem. Current programming focuses on short-term CAPEX funding leaving a gap in long-term operations and maintenance that result in 40-60% system failure rates. Local governments and private sector partners are not fully brought into project design, implementation and handover, which feeds into failure rates due to lack of long-term ownership and local capacity. With a fragmented landscape of donor-funded programmes, health facilities receive multiple, disconnected solar power systems for vaccine fridges, water pumps, or lights leading to duplication of effort and cost. Many investors often focus on private health facilities, leaving public health facilities and the last-mile communities that rely on them underfunded and underserved.

Crown Agents and Bamboo Capital Partners have joined forces to develop a novel Blended Financing Mechanism to:

  • Overcome O&M failures of traditional donor-funded health facility electrification​
  • Address market failures around government affordability and payment risk ​
  • Accelerate Health Facility Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa by unlocking at least USD $150 million of private capital for the sector over the next 5 to 10 years. ​
  • Electrify 15,000 public health facilities
  • To improve the quality and availability of health services for over 50 million people (based on data from South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Nigeria)​

Our unique Solar4Health consortium combines Crown Agents’ ability to work as a trusted partner to governments and donors in managing national-scale public service delivery programmes, with Bamboo Capital’s deep experience in impact investing and fund management in the energy access space.

Discover our Solar4Health brochure here.

Read more on how Solar4Health could work in South Sudan here.