In India, nearly half of all health facilities – serving an estimated 580 million people – lack electricity. A further 255 million people are treated by Health Centres without electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.
For critical and urgent health services such as emergency treatments and childbirth, staff have no option but to cope as well as possible in low lighting or in the dark, increasing the risk for all patients, including mothers and babies.” – Energy Outlook 2013 Report.
Approximately 800 women on our Planet die every day from pregnancy – or childbirth – related complications. 99% of these women live in energy poor developing countries. More than 20 newborn children die every minute, often due to the lack of oxygen.
Energy Outlook reported: This … directly affects services such as childbirth and emergency treatment, and limits night-time services. It can also lead to wasted vaccines, blood and medicines that require constant storage temperatures …”