Installation of solar lighting in the health center and training in solar systems installation in South Sudan
South Sudan was largely destroyed during the civil war (1983-2004). Until now, the country is struggling with the reconstruction of the basic infrastructure, and building power plants and power transmission networks will be possible only within the next 5-10 years. As a result, electricity shortages occur even in bigger cities of South Sudan, and in rural areas they are a very common occurrence. The situation is particularly difficult in hospitals and health centres, where medical treatment, often life-saving, is required also during the night.
The project was implemented between 1 July and 31 December 2013 in Aweil (North Dahr El-Ghazal province) in South Sudan, and counted with participation of one volunteer who stayed there from 15 August to 15 September. The coordinator of the project was the Polish Centre for International Aid, and the local partner was the PCIA - Polish Centre for International Aid, Mission to South Sudan.
The aim of the project was the installation of solar lighting systems, conducting trainings in the field of installation of solar lighting systems, and technical support of staff working in health centres equipped during the project activities in previous years.
During the project, 6 new solar systems were installed in 5 health centres and in a building of fire service. Training and lighting equipment of a total value of 7,000 PLN was purchased. The volunteer coordinated the installation of lighting in two childbirth rooms and 3 general treatment rooms in the health centre. He also organised training about installation of solar lighting systems in three towns (Aweil, Gordhim, Malualkon), attended by a total of 100 people. Monitoring was carried out in 7 health centres equipped in solar systems during previous projects of PCIA.
After the end of the stay, the volunteer organised an exhibition of photographs documenting the project in the Library of the University of Warsaw, and two meetings about the concept of volunteering.
The project coordinator estimates that 40,000 patients will benefit from the lighting installed by PCIA during the project.