Powering Ethiopia’s Health Centers During the COVID-19 Crisis

Like several other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of mid-July, the country had nearly 10,000 cases of COVID-19 with 163 confirmed deaths. These numbers are expected to rise in the months ahead. To meet the increasing demands on essential response and recovery services, it is critical that health care facilities have access to reliable electricity.

EEU staff inspecting feeder meters as trained by Power Africa at West Addis Ababa Substation, Ethiopia.
EEU staff inspecting feeder meters as trained by Power Africa at West Addis Ababa Substation, Ethiopia. Photo Credit: Power Africa
  • Overlaying distribution-line data with existing hospital locations, enabling EEU to remotely target 37 hospitals and clinics in the Yeka Sub-City of Addis Ababa and ensuring that these health facilities continue to receive reliable and enhanced energy service;
  • Improving the efficiency of customer meter readings — the average number of customer meter readings is up from 80 to 150 per day, allowing the utility to devote more resources to essential COVID-19 activities; and
  • Reducing EEU’s energy losses through regular energy audits, improved customer billing, and increased inspections of faulty meters, thus helping the utility attain a firmer financial footing and strengthening its ability to provide service.

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