The Action Plan, which was accompanied by an Open Letter calling upon development partners and the private sector to support the solarisation of health centres in the country, was launched by the Minister of Health Silvia Masebo, MP, at the Off-Grid Solar (OGS) Investment Forum on 8 July 2022.
The forum was hosted by the Ministry of Energy with support from the UKAID-funded Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE-TAF) and Power for All. In Zambia, ACE TAF has demonstrated the impact of focusing on the nexus between energy and other sectors like health.
The event brought together high-level international and domestic private sector investors and business communities – representatives of social impact, health care and finance to explore areas of collaboration. It also aimed to raise awareness of the impact and opportunity for electrifying rural health facilities with appropriate solar technologies, thus attracting public and private sector investment for energy in rural clinics and improving health outcomes for millions of Zambians.