Solar Power Supports functioning of a remote dispensary in MorogoroSep 20, 2013
On 17 September 2013, UNDP supported the inauguration of a solar power system under the Small Grants Project. The system, which cost US$50 000, was installed at a dispensary located at Mbingu village in the Ifakara District, Morogoro. It serves more than 18,000 people from the nearby three villages of Mbingu, Igima and Mpofu.
The grant support was used to procure solar PV equipment and accessories, installation, commissioning and training for operation and maintenance. Thanks to the installed system, all dispensary units including out and in-patient departments, the operation theatre, the pharmacy, and the reproductive and child health clinic are fully functional and able to operate at night without power interruptions.
Adoption of solar energy at Mbingu dispensary is part of a wider support to the Government and people of Tanzania, which UNDP is providing under its energy and climate change portfolio with a view to promoting the paradigm shift towards low-carbon and climate resilient development in Tanzania.
The UNDP Small Grants Project works directly with local communities and quite often in remote and hard to reach areas for initiatives that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s livelihoods and well being. Other health facilities that have also benefitted from UNDP’s Small Grant Project are; St Francis, Ifakara, Lugala, Mahenge, Huruma, Rombo and Kwaruhombo.
The event was officiated by Kilombero District Commissioner, Mr. Hassan Masala, and attended by UNDP and Government Officials, NGOs representatives, village committee members, Religious organizations representatives, and residents of Mbingu village.
In his opening speech, the District Commissioner commended the UNDP support as a great step towards provision of quality health care for residents of Mbingu, neighboring villages and Tanzania, in general. He insisted to the management of the dispensary to maintain the equipment in good care for sustainable power supply in the interests of the people of Tanzania.