The Likuni Mission Hospital is 9 km from Lilongwe, capital of Malawi, and is run by the Missionary Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi (SFMA). The hospital covers a reference population of 168,904 people, most of them subsistence farmers and small merchants in the suburbs, with very low economic resources. It serves almost 45,000 patients a year and has 231 beds.
- NGO; Missionary Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi (SFMA)
- Service: Light and 24/7 electrical supply
- Impact: 45000 beneficiaries
- PV Installation: 36 panels (9,9 kW)
- Social Impact: Improvement in hospital service and quality
- Project Situation: Under development
The power supply from the electrical grid in Malawi is chaotic, with continuous and prolonged outages, which is a real challenge for the operation of the hospital, especially in sensitive areas such as operating rooms and laboratories.
In January of 2019, the EKI Foundation will send a photovoltaic solar installation through the Sevillian NGO, LLAMARADAS DE FUEGO, that will be able to provide uninterrupted electrical service to the operating room, laboratory and ambulatory care room. When the material arrives to Lilongue some two months later, EKI personnel will travel there to carry out the installation and commissioning with local personnel from the hospital, Eki will also provide training for the local personnel.
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.