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Around the world, Partners In Health, with the support of the Barr Foundation, uses solar power to deliver lifesaving care in areas where infrastructure is lacking.

We’re acutely aware that poverty, ill-health, and environmental degradation go hand-in-hand. Haiti's widespread deforestation, and the devastating floods that have resulted, are an oft-cited example.

Our staff are not easily discouraged, but working at night using flashlights and headlamps is a less-than efficient solution. Above, PIH Co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer and staff from Bayalpata Hospital in Nepal meet with a patient who has multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

PIH has partnered with organizations such as the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) to install effective solar-energy systems at sites in Haiti, Rwanda, and Lesotho. Above, Rwandan workers put the finishing touches on a solar array.

In Lesotho, the so-called Mountain Kingdom, we’ve worked extensively with SELF to set up solar-energy systems at various sites. The above system is in the village of Nohana.

Haitian workers survey the solar panels at a clinic in Boucan-Carré, Haiti.  While the 1,800 solar panels atop University Hospital in Mirebalais have garnered significant attention in recent months, many of our clinics throughout the Central Plateau have been equipped with smaller-scale solar systems for years.

As PIH evolves and bolsters the services we provide to patients, we’ll continue to rely on the sun’s rays as a source of clean, affordable, and renewable energy.

Dr. Farmer once said, “It’s not great if you’re a surgeon and you have to think about getting the generator going.”  As University Hospital scales up its services, the 1,800 solar panels on its roof will help ensure our patients are never left in the dark.

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“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that's wrong with the world.”

—Dr. Paul Farmer
Chief Strategist & Co-founder