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Bilquis Mushaf Hospital in Rashidabad

Rashidabad is a philanthropic oasis in the heartland of Sindh, providing a complete humanitarian eco-system to the rural populace.  Located 200 km from Karachi and close to Tando Allahyar and Mirpurkhas, Rashidabad is surrounded by some of the most impoverished rural areas of Sindh. It is home to multiple welfare organizations. In early 2016, a fact-finding team consisting of Sawayra director Moiz Fatah and five Sawayra interns from NED, the leading engineering university in Karachi, visited Rashidabad. They found that the medical facilities providing a variety of  services on a humanitarian, non-profit basis –  blood transfusion, kidney dialysis, eye surgery and gynecologic care were suffering from acute energy shortage.

Eye Disease and Surgery Patients lying in the ward
Eye Disease and Surgery Patients lying in the Ward

Not only did this lack of electricity increase patient suffering – no fans, no lighting – but could cause critical care equipment to shut down due to lack of power. The power generation equipment available on site could barely cope up.

Hospital Power Outage Equipment Challenges ... Sawarya Interns at Hospital Entrance to help address the problem
Hospital Power Outage Equipment  …  Sawarya Interns at Bilquis Hospital entrance to help address the gap

The student interns developed a plan to provide electrification via installing solar panels on the roof of Bilquis Mushaf Hospital. They discovered that during the summer months, the hospital suffers from 12-14 hours of load-shedding every day. In the winter, the situation improves marginally, with no electricity for about eight hours every day. The hospital tries to compensate partly by running some small generators, but they don’t have the financial resources to cover the entire shortfall. As a non-profit entity, they are also committed to minimizing the number of patients they turn away. Nevertheless, temperature in the summer can soar to 100 deg F, so being sick and sitting in darkness or in the heat can be oppressive. In the first phase of the project, about 40kW of solar panels together with 200 kWh of battery storage is planned. This will enable us to run all the fans and light bulbs in the hospital 24/7 during summer. In winter, the load calculations show that only a 20kW system is needed and storage requirements are correspondingly lower, which will allow us to divert some of the energy towards running refrigerators used for storing vaccines and other medical supplies. Later, we can expand the solar system, to enable Rashidabad Foundation to expand its medical services.

Sawayra Interns on Hospital Roof working on Solar Panel Layout
Sawayra Interns on roof of Bilquis Hospital working on Solar Panel Layout

For more information on this project, please contact the Sawayra director and project lead  Syed Fawad Raza (fawad@sawayra.org). We welcome your participation, suggestions and ideas. Sawayra is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and our Federal Tax ID is 81-1138361. To make a tax-deductible donation for project, you can use your credit card or Paypal account:

 


 

Alternately, you can mail us a check made payable to Sawaya, Inc. to the following mailing address and mark (Hospital Solar Electrification):

Sawayra, Inc. , 5826 New Territory Blvd #311, Sugar Land, Texas 77479 USA

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