More Solar Lights for Clinics in Partnership with Gambia’s Ministry of Health and We Care Solar
Power Up Gambia has worked with the Gambia Ministry of Health and We Care Solar since 2011 to place solar suitcases in rural clinics. These small, durable solar power systems run lights, and charge cell phones, head lamps and fetal heart monitors to help clinic nurses and midwives treat patients and save lives both day and night.
So we were especially pleased that the Gambia Ministry of Health won a grant from We Care Solar and UNDESA to participate in We Care Solar’s first Regional Solar Suitcase Training in Accra, Ghana. This training will be followed by the installation of 40 new solar suitcases to clinics! By the end of 2017, every public clinic in The Gambia will have solar power for lights and small equipment through this project.
Training in June included classroom instruction, followed by hands-on activities and then practice installations in local health centers. Trainees represented organizations in Ghana, Liberia, the Gambia and Nigeria.
Gambia Ministry of Health solar technician Saikou Gibba, along with collegues Fatoumata Sowe, Modou Saidou Sowe and Malamin Keita successfully completed their training on solar suitcase installation, staff training and troubleshooting with We Care Solar in Ghana. In the next few months, more clinics in The Gambia will be lit up with clean, reliable solar power.