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EDN Project: Clean Energy in Somaliland

We’ve embarked on a project to provide clean energy to a hospital that provides maternity care and treatment for more than 21,000 women in Africa. For the project, we’re working with ImpactPPA (IPP) to provide a renewable energy system to the Edna Adan Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The Project: Helping to Promote Clean Energy, Helping Communities While promoting the use of clean renewable energy around the world, we’re also helping the people of Somaliland, where one in eleven children die in infancy and nearly 4,000 women die in childbirth every year. The Project Location: Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland  Founded as a maternity hospital 15 years ago, the Edna Adan Hospital treats obstetrical, surgical and pediatric cases, and provides training for health professionals as well as free treatment to many patients who need special surgery. The hospital is a nonprofit built by Edna Adan Ismail, who returned to her homeland, Somaliland, after retirement from the World Health Organization to help address grave health problems that endanger the lives of women and children across the Horn of Africa. “I am grateful and honored to have been chosen by Earth Day Network and ImpactPPA. The gift of clean energy will benefit our work at the hospital and greatly increase available resources for the women who so desperately need our help,” said Edna Adan. The Project Goal: Power a Hospital with Clean Energy The new energy system, expected to be up and running by August 2018, will power the hospital’s equipment, dramatically reducing electricity costs. Those saving will go directly back into patient care and services. Using the blockchain we can now generate power and track the energy from generation through to consumption and payment on a transparent and trusted platform,” said Dan Bates, President of ImpactPPA. The Motivation Behind the Project “When we started working with EDN, we were looking for a project in which human lives would directly benefit from access to clean energy. The Edna Adan Hospital project does just that,” said Bates. “The developing world needs access to clean energy.” “Edna Adan’s work has been an inspiration to all of us and has been the impetus for Earth Day Network to join with ImpactPPA to directly improve the lives of so many,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “This initiative will not only showcase technology but have a real, quantifiable, impact on people all over the world who need clean energy. Clean accessible energy can provide a critical lifeline to life saving care.” The Next Steps EDN and IPP hope to replicate similar projects across the world, with the goal of “50 by 50”— 50 projects completed by the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in by 2020. More About the Project Masters of Health magazine story Decentralized Energy story Blockchain Magazine story