Engineers Without Borders Uppsala recently partnered with FACE Zimbabwe to install a 4kw solar system on the maternity ward of Rusape General Hospital.
Like many hospitals in Zimbabwe, Rusape General Hospital faces financial difficulty. High fuel costs for running generators to power the hospital, due to a unreliable grid-connection leads to funds being redirected from medicine, and other vital hospital services, in order to buy fuel to power the hospital. Adequate health care is the foundation of a flourishing community, without basic healthcare, it is difficult to develop further and sustainably. The maternity ward at Rusape General Hospital is the largest in Eastern Zimbabwe and provides vital services to many children, newborns, and expectant mothers. The clinic in the maternity ward is open daily and provides front line support for mothers and children who are HIV+, in addition to providing support and education in the prevention of HIV.
The maternity ward is run by a team of dedicated, deeply impressive and hardworking individuals. However, they face many challenges, namely, they have a restrictive budget which means that medicine is often in short supply, there is only one semi-functioning incubator for prematurely born babies, and resources, in general, are in short supply. This project will reduce the financial pressure on the ward, provide stable energy/electricity supply, avoid blackouts during theatre, or to the incubator units and spread awareness, in particular to women, on the benefits of solar energy. This project is extra special, we are running a a pilot project for EWB's Renewable Energy Programme, which hopes to skills local community members so
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Sunpower Zimbabwe is a project that pursues Sustainable Development, long-term change and empowerment of a community to grow its own solar energy
Current Events and Fundraisers
As part of Sunpower Zimbabwe's efforts to raise money for the project, a series of events have been planned to spread the word about the project and also to fundraise money to make the project a reality.
Our most recent event is a Pong Tournament, taking place March 2nd in Uppsala's Göteburg Nation. 26 teams have signed up to take part in a fun sporting event, to support the Sunpower Solar Project! The winners will receive a 600SEK gift card to spend at a Sherlocks pub in Uppsala, good fun, good food, good cause.