Renewable World

Location: Nepal

Renewable World is a charity whose aim is to tackle poverty and generate long-lasting social change using renewable energy.

NextEnergy Foundation is proud to announce that from February 2020 to March 2021, we have partnered with Renewable World in the Clean Energy for Improved Health Project in Nepal. The Project aims to halt the preventable deaths, predominantly of women and children, caused by the effects of inefficient and polluting traditional cooking stoves, and improve the health of the inhabitants in two extremely poor, off-grid communities in the Surkhet District of Nepal. The Project will build the capacity of local artisans to construct and roll-out the use of improved, energy efficient cookstoves, and will support those who are least able to acquire them with a subsidy. Two cookstoves designs will be used and have been selected because of their fuel efficiency; the ability for them to be built and maintained locally; and, they have a low cost. The Project will also equip local health posts with solar power and electrical equipment for lighting fans, nebulisers and refrigeration for medicines and vaccines. This will ensure that health care centres have the necessary equipment to treat victims of the long-term effects of the hazardous pollutants released by traditional cookstoves.

August 2020 update: The Project’s site-selection phase was delayed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. However, NEF is pleased to announce that we now know the two health posts which we will be equipping. The first is the Baispani Community Health Unit which serves 145 households and is 35km from the nearest rural municipality. The second is the Khanikhola Community Health Unit which serves 600 households, is 22km from the nearest rural municipality, and where there is currently a nebulizer, although it cannot be used to treat Covid-19 patients due to the absence of power. Photographs of the two health posts can be found above.

October 2020 Update: As per the August 2020 Update, the Baispani Community Health Unit and Khanikhola Community Health Unit were identified as the two posts to be equipped utilising NEF’s donation. Three key outcomes are expected:

1. The health posts will be equipped with solar power and electrical equipment to offer new energy-enabled health services, including refrigerated medicines, vaccinations, and apparatus to treat indoor pollution related illnesses. Training will be provided to local health post staff on the basic operation and maintenance of the solar powered systems;

2. Households across the two communities will receive improved cookstoves which have been developed in conjunction with the Centre for Rural Technology Nepal; and,

3. All households will experience health benefits and have access to improved health services.

There have been some delays in the project delivery due to Covid-19. The next update on the project’s progress will be provided early in 20