Four hundred and five health facilities across the country are set to be installed with solar systems under an initiative called #Solar for Health that is being funded by the global fund.

The UNDP programmes administrator Mr Achim Steiner who is in Zimbabwe on a three day official visit, toured Budiriro clinic in Harare, which is one of the first health facilities to benefit under the #Solar for Health project.

The installation of solar is expected to provide energy to off-grid rural health facilities and also back-up solutions to on-grid district hospitals as an alternative to expensive generators.

Budiriro Polyclinic provides service to an average of 200 outpatients per day and about 125 childbirths per month.

The project is being carried out by a Norway-based subsidiary called Eltek which was contracted by the United Nations Development Programme for the supply, installation, service and monitoring of complete solar pv systems for 105 hospitals in Zimbabwe.

Solar is a key component which can help provide reliable and green electricity to hospitals in remote areas where a critical challenge is to keep medicines refrigerated.