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Published: 07.04.2024
Anthony Atiko Field Communications Coordinator
Omella Joseph, a worker at the facility demonstrates how the power is supplied and switched whenever power goes off at the facility. CBM partner Hospital Benedictine Eye Hospital in Tororo shifts to use Solar energy to power the hospital. Due to power outages in the region, the hospital decided to explore the option of Solar energy as the new solution.

Benedictine Eye Hospital stands at the forefront of innovation in eye care, pioneering the integration of renewable energy solutions to ensure uninterrupted services for its patients. Across the African continent, eye hospitals situated in rural areas often contend with the challenge of unreliable electricity, posing significant obstacles to delivering essential eye care. In response to this pressing issue, Benedictine Hospital has embarked on a transformative journey, harnessing the power of solar energy to uphold its commitment to providing high-quality vision care to all who seek it.

Within the walls of the Eye Hospital, electricity plays a vital role in every aspect of patient care. From powering advanced ophthalmic diagnostic equipment for precise eye examinations to maintaining optimal lighting conditions in surgical theatres for delicate eye surgeries, a continuous and stable power supply is indispensable. However, in regions where grid power is erratic or unavailable, eye hospitals face considerable challenges in maintaining consistent operations, jeopardizing patients’ vision health and well-being.

A patient undergoes a biometry procedure before being taken in to theatre for surgery.
Benedictine Eye Hospital has experienced firsthand the repercussions of frequent power shortages. These disruptions not only impede the delivery of critical eye care services but also compromise patient outcomes. The inability to perform timely surgeries or administer essential treatments due to power outages underscores the urgent need for sustainable energy solutions in eye care facilities.

Benedictine is situated in the eastern region of Uganda with the most industrial companies. The root of the problem for the power outages often lies in the prioritization of industrial facilities by power companies, leaving the eye hospital vulnerable to extended outages. The unpredictable nature of power supply, added to it by external factors such as inclement weather or infrastructure limitations, exacerbates the challenges faced by the facility. In response to these systemic issues, Benedictine Eye Hospital has taken proactive steps to implement solar power solutions, heralding a new era of reliability in eye care delivery.