Eager to replicate the successful health care model implemented in Rwanda, in 2007 Partners In Health (PIH) launched an initiative to provide modern medical care to the people of Lesotho.
Because of the remoteness of the region, the danger of transporting fuel and the need for a clean and sustainable supply of electricity, PIH has again partnered with SELF to bring solar power to a network of ten community health clinics.
SELF is utilizing our successful hybrid solar PV/diesel generator system which will provide 90% or more of the power needed using only the sun. Diesel generators are available as a back-up during prolonged heavy usage or in periods of rain.
Lesotho – a small, mountainous nation of 2 million people located entirely within the borders of South Africa – suffers from the third highest rate of HIV infection and the fourth highest rate of Tuberculosis (TB) in the world. A staggering 1 in 4 adults is HIV-positive and life expectancy has plummeted to less than 35 years. Ninety percent of the population lives outside the capital with limited or no access to even the most basic health care services.