Even temporary loss of energy can have a catastrophic impact on Malawi’s public health facilities. Power shortages can prove fatal for patients relying on life support machines, oxygen supply apparatus, and incubators.
The need for more reliable energy infrastructure is urgent. Various humanitarian aid organisations are dedicated to the deployment of solutions that generate energy from the country’s more abundant natural resources – such as sunlight to power solar systems. Furthermore, the implementation of technology that enables remote control and monitoring of new energy infrastructure means that issues can be diagnosed and rectified quickly, and efficiency of deployments can be measured.