The pandemic reinforces the need for reliable energy services to support healthcare. Clean, renewable power is a good place to start. Covid-19 has hit the reset button on the global economy. But at some point we will shift from emergency response into recovery mode, providing a rare opportunity for global economic retooling—an opportunity largely missed after the 2008 financial crisis. How can we "build back better" so we're more prepared for the next pandemic? Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, should be used to power the health care sector. Photo: Karsten Wurth The pandemic reinforces the need for reliable energy services to support "24/7" healthcare. Stable electricity supply is essential for nearly every aspect of modern healthcare, from vaccine refrigeration, to lighting, communication, medical appliances, clean water supplies, sanitation, water heating, and telecommunications (now more important than ever to support tele-medicine). Authors: Susumu Yoneoka is Energy Specialist (Smart Grids), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB. Dan Millison is Consultant, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB.
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