Solar power for the new health center - Chbar Chros Village, Cambodia
Healthcare in the country of Cambodia is very difficult (see background). TOOLS FOR LIFE therefore supports the solar project by the Solarenergie foundation. The goal of this project is in cooperation with the local project partner, the NGO Camkids, to equip the health center in the first solar village in Chbar Chros in rural Cambodia.
The health center in Chbar Chros is primarily responsible for the surrounding villages, but people from further away come there to be treated. The next regional hospital is 25 km away. It is almost impossible for the population to afford the transportation. This is why the people rely on treatment at the center. A midwife and a nurse work at the center. They are responsible for primary healthcare:
- Diagnosis and treatment of easily treated illnesses (fever, worm treatment, diarrhea, typhoid)
- Issue of free easily storable standard medication (Paracetamol)
- Care after accidents
- Care of pregnancy and childbirth
A dental team, supported by Camkids, comes to the site once a month for three days. A physician comes by every two months to treat and care for more difficult cases and to supply special medications.
The situation at the health center is still very difficult due to the lack and reliability of electricity:
- The center is only open during daylight time.
- Care is only minimally possible when it gets dark.
- Due to missing headlamps it is difficult to do house calls at night.
- The staff doesn’t feel safe at a dark center, the risks of attacks or invasions is relatively high.
- It is difficult to store vaccines and medications adequately, since there is no way to keep them cool.
The Solar Energy Foundation wants to supply the health center in Chbar Chros with solar light and solar power. They want to improve the situation and reduce the problems especially for the people who suffer the most: the women and children.
The basic equipment consists of:
- Solar fridge to cool medications and vaccines
- Permanently installed solar light for the exam rooms and staff rooms
- Safety light outside
- Solar headlamp for strongly focused light
- Mobile solar lights for outdoor use / house calls
- Fetal Doppler for ultrasound screening during pregnancy
- Battery charger for mobile phones, Doppler, and headlamp
- Clinical thermometer
- Blood pressure monitor
Possible with solar energy:
- Emergency care around the clock
- Better prenatal screening and care
- Proper storage of medications and vaccines
- Increased security
The project is to allow them to help themselves, but at the same time we don’t want to let down the local people in case they need help and support. We put a great value on a sustainable implementation, otherwise we wouldn’t see long-term help.
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