The ERT Project III - Health component is part of the overall ERT Programme under MEMD as the Lead Agency with the overall goal of improving delivery of health services in rural health centres through increased access to modern energy and ICT services. However, MoH has to cater for the Taxes, clearing and forwarding costs, training of its Users, and Maintenance costs for the solar systems through Service contracts signed with the suppliers of the solar systems.
The key areas of intervention will be:
- Lighting (for both medical buildings & staff houses),
- Vaccine refrigeration for HCII, III & IV,
- Blood refrigeration at HCIV,
- Energy for operation of essential medical equipment -Microscope, ultrasound scanner, and other low energy consumption equipment in the HClV Theatre using solar power
- Energy for Health education, communication and data management
- The major objective of the project will be to improve the delivery of health services in rural health centers through increased access to modern energy and lCT services.
The specific Project objectives are:
- To increase access to modern energy for lighting for at least 50% of the HCll and HCIlls and all HCIV s not connected to the national hydroelectricity grid using solar power
- To connect all HCs within 500m of the national hydroelectricity grid.
The ERT Project III will be implemented in the Districts of Alebtong, Buhweju, Buvuma, Hoima, Kaliro, Kamuli, Kapchorwa, Kasese, Kiboga, Kisoro, Kween, Kyankwanzi, Lira, Manafwa, Nakasongola, Namayingo, Otuke, Rubirizi, Busia, Butaleja, Gomba, Lwengo and Namutumba. The District were selected on the basis of the low rural electrification rate and excluded Districts that already benefited from ERT I & Il and those are earmarked to benefit from the United Nations Foundation Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiatives.
Implementation of ERT III Project interventions in the Health Sector including procurement and supervision of solar systems installation in the beneficiary Health centres will be planned and executed by MoH. Both Government and PNFP Health facilities far away from hydroelectricity will benefit under the Project.
Standardized solar energy packages developed by the MoH will be installed in the HCs depending on the energy requirements determined through energy needs surveys carried out by the MoH. Additionally, the MoH will carry out training for Health workers and Technicians (Cold chain Technicians and Assistant Engineering Officers) in the use, care and basic maintenance of the solar energy systems.
For each solar systems supply and installation contract signed, the MoH will sign five years maintenance/service contracts which will be centrally managed and funded for all contracts involving solar energy installation. After expiry of the 5 years maintenance contract, framework contracts will be signed for a cluster of District so as to benefit from economies of scales and reduced administrative costs.
The project is estimated to cost UGX 12 BN for Taxes, wiring buildings and connection to hydroelectricity, clearing and forwarding services and Maintenance of solar systems [excluding UGX 16.6 Bn (US$ 4.5 million) for Technical Assistance and investment cost from IDA/GEF for solar systems under MEMD]. This is a 4 year which will start in February 2016 and will be funded by GoU and the World Bank. The initial capital investment costs will be met through the IDA/GEF credit under MEMD. However, Taxes, clearing and forwarding costs, cost of wiring buildings, solar systems maintenance and support supervision costs will need to be provided for under the MoH budget as counterpart funds. Implementation of the ERT Project is a shared intervention between MoH and MEMD.
Expected outputs of the project:
- All HCIV's connected to hydroelectricity grid power and at least 50% of HcII's and HCIII's are provided modern energy by installation of solar power or connection to the hydroelectriclFY'
- Well maintained solar PV energy packages in the ERT beneficiary HCs.
- Improved security and working environment in ERT project beneficiary HCs