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A new BLOG discusses how with a strategic approach, health care facilities can be well-positioned to combat COVID-19 while preparing for the “new normal.”

Renewable Energy for Health Care in Sri Lanka, During COVID-19 and Beyond


The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting a fresh look at options to ensure reliable power for health facilities, including the Vavuniya General Hospital in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. In line with an overall push to boost the share of renewables, the government of Sri Lanka is pursuing new power solutions for Vavuniya and about 20 other hospitals across the nation.

The World Bank is assisting as part of a multi-sectoral pandemic response in Sri Lanka. Similar initiatives are underway in other countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Madagascar, and Nigeria, to name a few.

The Solution

A tool that runs entirely online and can be used an unlimited number of times with no need to sign in or to download a software. It’s kept simple for non-specialists to use without requiring special training. This comes with limitations, of course.

Originally commissioned for USAID’s Powering Health program, the HOMER Powering Health Tool has recently been updated to reflect typical COVID-19 response needs with support from the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP).

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