U.S. Initiative to Provide Electricity to Thousands of Health Facilities in Africa

On Wednesday, the United States announced it would provide 150 million USD to power hospitals in Sub-Saharan Africa in an initiative to address a difficult challenge hampering health care on the continent.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) stated that the five-year program aims to provide electricity and internet access to at least 10,000 health facilities across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The initiative called the Health Electrification and Telecommunications Alliance (HETA), will be funded through partnerships with the private sector and will focus on renewable energies in line with U.S. promises to combat climate change.

According to the U.S. Agency for International Development, more than 10,000 public health facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa suffer from a constant lack of electricity, which is also a prerequisite for internet availability.