June 27, 2012
Four rural medical posts in Namangan, Andijan, Samarkand and Jizzakh regions have been fitted with modular systems powered by solar and wind energy. The systems have been put into operation under the project “Alternative Energy Sources for the Social Sector” run by Fund Forum and the SISF in an effort to ensure uninterrupted supply of energy for medical equipment and boost the quality of medical services.
The ceremony to mark the entry into service of the modular systems was attended by members of the rural medical posts (RMP), regional healthcare facilities and other medical establishments as well as representatives of mayor’s offices and residents of neighboring populated areas.
Launched in 2010, the project “Alternative Energy Sources for the Social Sector” is a new charitable initiative that seeks to introduce renewable energy sources through installing modular systems powered by solar and wind energy within farming households as well as social facilities such as hospitals and rural medical posts. In the first half of 2011, ten facilities across Uzbekistan were equipped with similar modular systems. These include: Nukus city hospital; 4 rural medical posts; a farming household; 4 crafts workshops in six Uzbek regions.
The introduction of alternative energy sources has improved the supply of energy to medical equipment at rural medical posts, which has led to an increase in the number of people receiving treatment procedures. Also, hot water supply has been ensured at Nukus city hospital. Among the other results is enhanced effectiveness provided by hot water supply in coloring techniques used at a carpet-making workshop as well as better working conditions for the employees. In sum, over 80,000 Uzbek citizens have benefitted tangibly from the project.
In late 2011, following the announcement of the second stage of the project, five rural medical posts were selected and in February-May 2012 were equipped with solar power batteries and wind energy generators. Among facilities provided with alternative energy sources are “Uzbekistan” RMP in Namangan Region, Fozilmon RMP in Andijan Region, and Jonbuloq RMP in Jizzkah Region. Each RMP is in remote areas of the Republic and serve 1,000 to 3,500 residents living in immediate populated areas.
Following the installation of modular systems, heads of several RMPs, representatives of regional healthcare facilities and residents in the villages have noted significant positive changes in the supply of energy for the medical posts and better quality in medical services for the population.
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