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Supporting Health with Solar

The PNG-Australia Partnership’s Pawarim Komuniti grants program is supporting access to reliable and affordable off-grid electricity to 47 rural health facilities across Oro Province through the Light for Life project.

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How can solar energy improve health for rural and remote communities?

The PNG-Australia Partnership’s Pawarim Komuniti grants program is helping to answer that question by supporting access to reliable and affordable off-grid electricity to 47 rural health facilities across Oro Province through the Light for Life project.

We know that access to solar energy brings more than just clean, sustainable energy services. With targeted solar and health interventions, solar power can also support improved health outcomes of rural and remote communities by offering better access to clean water and cold chain storage, and improved water, sanitation and hygiene solutions.

Light For Life – implemented by the Kokoda Track Foundation – is providing and installing solar fridge-freezers, power and lighting systems, along with water tanks and health supplies to 47 rural health facilities.

The project is supporting 225,000 people in the Ijivitari and Sohe Districts of Oro Province with improved long-term health outcomes, and strengthening the response to COVID-19, with increased vaccination rates and reduced infection rates.

The PNG-Australia Partnership is delivering essential off-grid electrification to PNG, ensuring sustainable and community-driven solutions to energy needs in rural and remote locations through Pawarim Komuniti.

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