SOLARKIOSK INAUGURATES FIVE SOLAR PANELED MEDICAL CLINICS FOR ROHINGYA WOMEN IN COX’S BAZAAR, BANGLADESH
In a joint venture with 8minutenergy/Abundant Future Organization and the HOPE Foundation, SOLARKIOSK was able to install five solar powered mini-clinics within the HOPE Field Hospital for Women. The new clinics will provide inpatient and outpatient care, preventing unnecessary death and disability within the displaced Rohingya community.
In a short period over just a few months, the Bangladesh government together with many donor organizations has built new camps for approx. 800,000 refugees from the Rohingya commmunity in Myanmar. Bangladesh, being one of the poorest countries in the world, accomplished to prevent a human catastrophe in a remarkable endeavor, supported by the international community of donors and NGOs, among them HOPE International, a medical organization based in Bangladesh and lead by Dr. Mahmood. HOPE has built a huge compound to treat pregnant and traumatized women in the Rohingya camp.
Almost one year after the start of the Rohingya refugee crisis, continued efforts are still needed to further scale up health services for almost 1.3 million people aground in the Bangladeshi Area of Cox’s bazaar. The field hospital is one of very few health care facilities currently operating in the densely populated area. SOLARKIOSK was able to contribute its solar powered E-HUBB technology and implement 5 mini-clinics, each with 2kwP, equipped with air condition, fridges for medicaments and vaccination, ECG and other testing devices, treatment and delivery rooms. SOLARKIOSK and GRAFT believe that the solar powered clinics play a key role in implementing much needed health infrastructure among the Rohingya camps.
CEO Andreas Spiess said at the inauguration event: “Today we are very blessed to witness a heroic endeavor of the people of Bangladesh, who rescued their neighbors, the Rohingya minorities, from one of the largest humanitarian catastrophes globally. We in Europe can learn a lot from Bangladesh, who are themselves an underserved nation, when it comes to effective and caring charity. SOLARKIOSK is proud and grateful for its modest contribution of five solar powered mini-clinics for Rohingya women and in particular thanks to 8Minutenergy / Abundant Future Foundation for their never-ending support in making this challenging project a success.”
Critically acclaimed architects GRAFT designed the SOLARKIOSK as a modular, robust, secure, expandable, lightweight and beautiful kit of parts, to be assembled at its target location. The kiosk is an off-grid solution for sustainable energy provision: It will substitute extremely expensive unclean energy with low-priced and clean solar power and give access to services such as business, education, communication, health and many more. In the form of a clinic, this is enabling a superior level of medical services in off-grid settings.
SOLARKIOSK was founded in 2010 by German lawyer Andreas Spiess together with GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. A very special thank you goes to our engineering team Ben and Nas, who worked non-stop for many weeks to ensure the flawless technical operation of the clinics.