Powering the Health Sector - Final Report

Abstract

This study was commissioned by DFID to use evidence relating to renewable energy use in the health sector to answer the following questions:

  • What are the net health benefits of renewable energy sources at health facilities?
  • What are the cost elements of renewable sources of energy that should be included in cost-benefit analyses of projects that provide renewable energy for health facilities? What are the main criteria that determine which type of source would be best VfM in each context?
  • In order to test assumptions about the health benefits of renewable energy sources at health facilities and measure achieved outcomes, what are the logframe indicators that might be included in projects that provide renewable energy for health facilities?

This report includes the following sections:

  • Overview of the literature review
  • Description of potential benefits
  • Design criteria for energy for health projects
  • Renewable energy cost elements to be included in a cost-benefit analysis
  • Proposed (interim) health service and output indicators, and
  • Recommendations for an approach and methodology for an intervention-control study

Annex C, the Excel spreadsheet, is appended to this record. Annex A (Literature Review) and Annex B (Intervention Study Proposal) are provided as separate outputs.

Citation

GVEP International. Powering the Health Sector - Final Report. GVEP International, London, UK (2013) 37 pp.

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