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2nd National Workshop

on Sustainable Energy
Ecosystems for
Decentralized Healthcare

1st December 2017


The narrative on decentralized renewable energy The first edition of this workshop in October 2016
(DRE) needs to move away from a rural saw over 30 health practitioners, energy
electrification agenda, towards an inclusive practitioners, CSR entities and other stakeholders
development paradigm. The potential of DRE is its debate on the energy gaps in decentralized health
ability to radically transform the way services are care and how DRE can bridge these gaps. In the year
delivered to the under-served populations. since, SELCO Foundation has worked with a number
Innovative processes and health delivery models of these partners to implement energy-health
such as mobile clinics, boat clinics, e-clinics etc interventions in diverse contexts. Several States are
challenge conventional healthcare delivery models also experimenting with solar powering PHCs. This
and attempt to take healthcare further to the second edition of the workshop is to hear from the
door-step of the people. A combination of health practitioners on the projects that have been
appropriate, efficient medical equipment powered implemented, followed by a discussion on forging
by DRE can enable more effective delivery of partnerships to scale up these initiatives.
healthcare at the last mile. There is a need to better
understand and develop the local ecosystem
(technology, training, policy, etc) that can facilitate
this transition.
Session 1 The healthcare priorities and energy
requirements of a PHC would depend on a
Impact and scope for energy number of geographic, demographic and
interventions in Primary Healthcare operational parameters specific to the region.
SELCO Foundation has worked closely with
10:00 - 10:10 Inauguration Karuna Trust, Swasthya Swaraj, Center for
Bridging the Energy Gap:
North Eastern Studies, Tribal Health Initiative
10:10 - 10:25
Presentation of Learnings and other health and technology partners to
10:25 - 10:45 Keynote Address
understand the typology of health centers and
implemented energy and efficiency solutions
10:45 - 11:00 Tea designed to improve healthcare delivery. This
panel will focus on the learning from these
11:00 - 13:00 Practitioner Panel: Impact and Scope for
Energy Interventions in Primary Healthcare projects and the scope for further work.

Session 2 Primary Health Centers are the backbone of

public health system in India. There is a growing
Financing, Policy and Partnerships recognition of the need for reliable electricity to
deliver better health services at PHCs. Several
for scaling energy-health initiatives
States, with the help of National Health Mission,
have deployed solar back-up systems in over
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch 600 PHCs cumulatively. On the other hand,
14:30 - 15:00 Keynote Address
private healthcare and energy practitioners have
been partnering to optimize sustainable energy
Policy Panel: Policy and Partnerships for
15:00 - 16:30
Scaling Energy-Health Initiatives
solutions specifically to the health needs of the
region. Cross learnings from these pilot
16:30 - 17:00 Closing Session
initiatives can help develop a roadmap for
16:30 - 17:00
bridging the energy gaps in the public health
system. What financing mechanisms, policy
pathways and partnerships are necessary to
scale these initiatives?