• Garora Hospital - South Toker Sudan
    ​Solar Panel Project

    A sustainable solar project serving thousands of refugees in the South Toker and surrounding areas. 
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Funding Target

£16,538.38

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Overview

Raising funds for solar panels to power the hospital serving over 87,000 individuals from 29 of the poorest villages. Located in Garora Village, Aqiq District (South Toker) East Sudan. Implemented by Ethar Relief 

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Project Objective(s)

Objectives

  • To install a solar power system in the hospital, generating a reliable supply of renewable electricity.
  • Solar power system to provide a 24 hour supply of electricity for operation of equipment such as x-rays, CT scans and surgical theatres.
  • Sufficient cool storage for essential medications.
  • Electricity will help provide optimal conditions for treatment and surgeries, reduce operational risks due to poor visibility.
Project Details

​Project Description

The Eritrean refugees in Sudan have been suffering in silence for the past 50 years, with little attention from aid organizations or the UN. Given refuge by Sudan, a host country, itself poverty-stricken, with scarce resources to share, it is difficult for both refugees and citizens living under the poverty line, to access basic necessities. 


Refugees, IDPs and local poor people are presented with multi-level challenges as they lack adequate and essential food, water, healthcare and education. The situation is exacerbated by the daily influx of refugees, seasonal adverse weather, spread of preventable infection and diseases, further compounded with the onset of COVID-19. 


The country's already fragile health system has come under an enormous strain during the civil war, as facilities were destroyed or abandoned. Due to the failing health care system, the mortality rate caused by treatable diseases is on the rise. Child malnutrition and Anaemia rates in the eastern Sudan's states, are the highest in the country, with an estimated 30 per cent of children under the age of five severely malnourished. 


Many children lose their lives due to malnutrition-related health complications but this is one of the most solvable health problems and providing a supplementary feeding programme, extra food, basic medical treatment and occupational therapy can save the lives of many children. 


The ramifications of a poor medical system are felt at all levels of the refugee society as a simple outbreak of communicable disease and infection can constitute the destruction of their community. 


The recent outbreak of measles in 2019 has placed thousands of children, elderly and adults at risk which will only continue to worsen without medical care.


Since 1998, the communities of South-Toker, home to some of the most marginalised and vulnerable families, have not been able to receive basic medical care. 

The remote region of South-Toker is in one of the hottest and driest regions in Africa, and comprises several villages with an approx population of 370,000. South Tokar villages are Isolated and far from any modern infrastructure, means that the villages are cut off from life-saving basic medical care. These communities lack means of transportation to reach medical facilities further afield. 


For the residents of South-Tokar, treatable diseases such as cholera can be fatal, and unfortunately, it is common for people to die from preventable and curable illnesses and infections. 


Medical care has been non-existent for the community of South-Toker and surrounding areas. Until December 2019, the Aqiq district did not have any hospitals or medical practitioners leading to the loss of many lives, especially amongst the poorest and the most vulnerable in the society such as children, pregnant mothers, elderly and disabled. 


Garora Hospital, was a purpose built building, left abandoned for over a decade unable to serve and benefit the community. Ethar Relief intervened to support a network of healthcare professionals to reestablish a medical facility. There are many obstacles to overcome to make the hospital fully functional, one of which is a reliable source of electricity. A consistent and affordable supply of electricity is essential to operate the medical equipment and operating units. The hospital requires 24hr reliable electricity to function effectively and perform life saving treatments. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that women are 300 times more likely to die during childbirth in developing countries. The lack of reliable electricity is a major contributor to this disparity. 


Our mission at Ethar Relief is to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages in line with the UN Sustainable goals. We aim to make Garora hospital a sustainable healthcare facility, providing live-saving medical aid to those residing South Tokar an surrounding areas. The provision of reliable electricity, through a solar power system will take us one step closer to making this a reality.

Project Rationale

Rationale

Health care is driven by electricity which is a wide-spread problem in Africa. Solar power systems offer huge potential for generating off-grid, renewable energy. It will enable the hospital to become, and remain fully functional without the insecurity of disruptive electricity supply and escalating utility costs. Renewable energy will allow the Garora Hospital to use a low-cost, reliable and independent source of electricity. Where electricity is one of the main problems for remote areas and medical facilities, a low-cost solution is transformative, sustainable and lifesaving. 


Ethar Relief has secured the support of a well-organised and dedicated network of doctors who are committed to the hospital and the provision of electricity will attract healthcare professionals and needed specialists from other regions.


Installing a solar power system (as a one of cost) will help to serve 400,00 plus people who live in South-Toker and neighbouring areas. An operation hospital will attract refugees and patients from other surrounding regions and communities.

The hospital can begin to provide life-saving treatment and control the spread of disease such as cholera, malnutrition, diphtheria and diarrhoea which has claimed the lives of the most vulnerable members such as children, elderly and pregnant mothers. The provision of electricity will enable use of modern medical equipment and help create optimal conditions for procedures, including:

  • Equipment, medication for childbirth care.
  • Surgeries and more complex treatments
  • X-ray machines and scans to diagnose broken bones and illnesses related to internal organ damage.
  • CT scans to diagnose conditions, injuries, internal organs infections, stroke and cancer.
  • Sterilisation equipment that will allow doctors to have a sterile environment to conduct safe medical procedures.
  • Electrical storage units for medicines, blood bags and vaccines.


Outcomes

Expected Results

  • A constant stream of renewable source of electricity for the daily operation of the hospital and medical equipment. 
  • Free, specialised medical intervention for 400,000 plus refugees and poor civilians who previously were denied medical treatment. 
  • Providing treatment and medication for a wide range of illnesses and chronic conditions, improving the health and well-being of over 400,000 people. 
  • Diagnosis and treatment for the most vulnerable, improving the quality of life of those inflicted by illnesses and ailments 
  • Prevent the spread of infections and disease. 
  • Save lives through early intervention and effective treatments and reduce and control the rate of disease and infections. Providing safe and essential medical care to the most vulnerable members of society such as mothers, children, disabled and elderly. 
  • Prevent people from dying from preventable illnesses and diseases. 
  • Easy access to medical care ending patient struggle in having to travel long distance for help

Beneficiaries

The project will benefit more than 400,000 refugees and people living under the poverty line. 

Monitoring & Evaluation

Ethar Relief will coordinate with its partner on the ground  who will directly monitor and evaluate the quality of the work through the 30 days of the project duration.

Project Framework
  1. The project will be implemented at the Garora Hospital, SouthToker. Completed within 30 days after receiving the fund.
  2. Our Partner on the ground (WeDCO) will coordinate with the ministry of health (Red Sea State) and contractors to purchase the solar panels and all related equipment.
  3. WeDCO will coordinate with Garora Hospital management, and obtain working permits and all other necessary documentation.
  4. Solar panels will be installed and tested by specialised technical engineers who will ensure all safety measures during the implementation period.
  5. Technical engineers will monitor the smooth running of the new solar energy system in the hospital by contacting the hospital management on a regular basis. 
  •  A constant stream of renewable source of electricity for the daily operation of the hospital and medical equipment.
  • Free, specialised medical intervention for 400,000 plus refugees and poor civilians who previously were denied medical treatment.
  • Providing treatment and medication for a wide range of illnesses and chronic conditions, improving the health and well-being of over 400,000 people.
  • Diagnosis and treatment for the most vulnerable, improving the quality of life of those inflicted by illnesses and ailments
  • Prevent the spread of infections and disease.
  • Save lives through early intervention and effective treatments and reduce and control the rate of disease and infections. Providing safe and essential medical care to the most vulnerable members of society such as mothers, children, disabled and elderly.
  • Prevent people from dying from preventable illnesses and diseases. 
  • Easy access to medical care ending patient struggle in having to travel long distance for help
Funding Sources
 Item Description Unit Price (SDG) Quantity Total Cost (SDG) Total Cost (GBP)
Solar panels (200W)  6,000 100 600,000  4,615
 Solar Inverter Generator 45,000 4  180,000 1,385
 Solar panel batteries (500A)  35,000 444 140,0001,077   
 PV wire (4mm)/metre  80 200 16,000 123
 Panel Metal framing/metre 1,100 160 176,000 1,354
Technician    30,0001    30,000 231
 Engineer  50,000  50,000 1 50,000 385
 Paint and decorating tools 5,000 1 5,000 38
 Logistics and transportation 100,000 1 100,000 769
 Project Staff - Living expenses  8,400
 42,000 323
 Project permits & documentation15,000111 15,000    3,000
 Project Manager allowance/diem   500 30     15,000  115
 Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance  - - - 2,400
 Administration - - - 723
(Exchange Rate £1 = 680 YER)Total SDG  1,369,000
TOTAL GBP £16,538.38


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