The Atupele hospital, which is located in the village of Katumbi in Malawi, currently covers 29 villages with a total population of 24,700 inhabitants and is managed and run by the Rosarian Sisters. The Rural Hospital of Atupele opened its doors in 2008 to serve a community that was in great need of health services in the area. The NGO África Directo built the hospital with the help of various donors. Due to frequent and prolonged power outages, we are developing a solar PV installation for backup electricity, which is more reliable, cleaner and more economic than the current generator set used during power outages.
- NGO; Africa Directo
- Service: Light and 24/7 electrical supply
- Impact: Population of 24700
- PV Installation: 36 panels (9,9 kW), lithium batteries (27.8 kWh)
- Social Impact: Improvement in hospital service and quality
- Project Situation: Under development
It is a Catholic hospital, non-governmental, and is under the supervision of CHAM (Christian Health Association of Malawi). This Catholic association has a network of hospitals, rural hospitals and health centers distributed throughout the country. They provide health services without distinction of race, sex or religion. They also coordinate and facilitate technical assistance as well as promote the development of communities through quality health care. Belonging to CHAM also means that salaries of qualified health personnel are assumed by them.
The hospital of Atupele has a staff of approx. 70 people, including clinical, administrative, drivers, gardeners ... There are 8 nurses, 3 clinical officers and a senior medical assistant.
Over the years the hospital has been earning, with its good work, the trust of the health authorities of Malawi. Thus, the services of ante-natal consultations and maternity services are free since the government assumes the expenses.
The power supply of the electrical grid in Malawi can be chaotic, with continuous and prolonged outages, which is a real challenge for the operation of the hospital, especially in very sensitive areas such as operating rooms and laboratories.
The solar PV installation will offer an electrical backup energy source without interruption that is reliable and clean and it will allow the hospital to offer better health services. They currently have an expensive old generator set as there backup energy source. The solar installation will also lower the hospital's electricity bill.