Thanks Again to Our Supporting Rotarians!
Thanks to a grant organized by the Rotary Club of Paoli-Malvern-Berwyn, we have been able to upgrade some of the wiring and improve energy efficiency at the Bansang Hospital project site! Bansang Hospital is one of the larger hospitals in the Gambia – serving over 60,000 patients every year in the very rural areas of Central and Upper River Regions, The Gambia. Many of these patients travel long distances by car, truck, horse and donkey cart to get to the hospital – so many of them are in great need of high quality care when they arrive. And with two new Gambian doctors now stationed at the hospital, they are doing more surgeries and treating more patients than ever before! More patients, more procedure – that translates directly into the need for more power.
In 2012, we helped repair an older solar power system for the hospital’s Pediatric Ward and replaced their damaged batteries. In 2013 we constructed a small solar power system with battery backup to power the critical care areas of the hospital. But, to improve the performance of the system we also wanted to install energy efficient LED lights and timers to turn off heavy energy use hogs like air conditioners when the hospital was running on battery power. This is where the P-M-B Rotary Club stepped up! Thanks to their help and the support of Independence LED, we were able to install over 50 LED lights in the patient wards. We also installed 16 heavy duty timers to ensure air conditioners were not run at night while the hospital was running on battery power.
The improvements and upgrades in the wiring will continue. This need for wiring upgrades really hit home while our Executive Director was visiting Bansang Hospital last month. An electrical fire started in the laundry of the hospital – likely due to old wiring that had deteriorated.
Fortunately the hospital’s security staff responded right away and put the fire out before it spread from the closet where it started. In an old hospital like Bansang, where the original building was built in 1930 and where wiring has been added bit by bit over the years, the need to upgrade to more modern wiring standards and plan ahead for future hospital growth is critical – especially as we plan for larger and more powerful solar power systems to meet the hospital’s increasing patient load!
Thank You PMB Rotary for helping us get this energy efficiency and improvement project moving forward!