Kalika Khetu is a remote village located in the Jumla district of western Nepal. Its health center serves as a medical clinic and birthing center to approximately 4,500 people from the village of Kalika Khetu and surrounding communities. Due in large part to its remoteness and the difficult mountainous terrain, the national electric grid does not reach any part of the Jumla district. Jumla District Headquarters and some other towns and villages in Jumla receive electricity from small hydropower plants, but there is no centralized source of electricity in the district.
So while the Kalika Khetu Primary Health Center is equipped with a full staff and a host of electric medical devices and diagnostic equipment, it currently lacks a reliable source of electricity to power the facility. This means that women coming to the health center with their young babies or to give birth, for example, must bring firewood with them to heat the facility in the winter, as there is not sufficient electricity to power the warming beds.
With the installation of an off-grid PV 7.61 kW system and access to a reliable source of electricity, the Kalika Khetu Primary Health Center will be able to reliably power lighting, medical and diagnostic equipment, vaccine refrigeration, warming beds for newborn babies, and provide emergency services and quality care 24 hours per day. Solar will also enable the center to run a refrigerator to store medical supplies and vaccines, like the COVID-19 vaccine. The center recently finished the construction of a 10-bed temporary hospital structure for COVID 19 positive patients.
Project Dates: 2021
Location: Kalika Khetu, Jumla, Nepal
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