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Installing sustainable water and energy solutions in two Rwandan cities

In order to provide its people with the best possible healthcare, health centres need adequate access to clean water and energy. With rapid urbanisation, the demand for water and energy at health centres in urban areas is particularly pressing. Yet since these centres are mostly government funded, they cannot carry the cost of sourcing additional water and energy. Resource-efficient water and energy systems and alternative, renewable sources can reduce this cost, making their service provision sustainable. Exploring alternative funding sources could further support the implementation of these systems.

The Urban-LEDS II project partnered with the City of Kigali and the District of Muhanga to roll out demonstration projects to improve both the quality and sustainability of services at health centre by increasing their on-site water management systems and energy efficiency. These improvements also help the cities build back better, a critical component of post-COVID-19 economic recovery and climate resilience. The pandemic also posed a set of challenges to the implementation on the ground, but the project team was able to overcome them and learn valuable lessons for future implementation.

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