Health centres and renewable electric energy
Watan coordinated with the health directorate in north-western Syria and conducted technical assessments in the existing health centres, to investigate the possibility of equipping them with UPS systems. Watan increased intervention to supply 16 health centres, in addition to the initial 30 health centres. The entire supply of equipment was completed last November.
Watan installed 14 units in the northern and western countryside of Aleppo, and 16 units within the city of Idlib, in each of the following areas: Idlib, Darkush, Salqin, Ad Dana, Kafar Takharim, Qurqania, Afrin, Azaz, Marea, Darat Azza, Jarablus, Akhtarin, Al Bab, Sawran. And after it was confirmed that it was working as planned, it was agreed with the Aleppo Health Directorate to provide 16 additional health centres in the countryside of Aleppo with UPS systems. Watan’s teams began preparing the relevant documents for the two models, 5 kVA UPS and 10 kVA UPS: electrical and structure diagrams that outline the placement of elements within the metal structure of the UPS systems.
The engineering plans, developed by the supervision team, will include manufacturing the metal structures and painting them with rust-resistant paint. After that the electrical materials and equipment are fully supplied checks are carried out to ensure that they comply with the technical specifications and that they are safe. At this stage they are installed within the metal structures according to the established engineering plans.
Alongside the manufacturing operations, Watan teams continued to conduct visits to the health directorate and health centres throughout north-western Syria, to ensure the process was similar among all the centres, and during their visit these teams clarified the following:
- Defining the project, the service provided, and the supporting organizations
- The importance of the project and its role in solving potential problems of medical devices
- The role of the Watan in stabilizing the work of devices and mitigating faults
- Explain Watan's working mechanism in a simple way.
- Determining the targeted centres in addition to the capacity of the provided devices.
- Clarification of the terms of the memorandums of understanding (MOU) that are signed with each hospital or centre
- Emphasizing the existence of a training course for technicians on the mechanism of Watan’s work, potential faults and maintenance methods.
- Signing memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the previously mentioned directorates.
The intervention resulted in an increase in the number of working hours, which automatically led to an increase in the number of beneficiaries of health centres. By installing the UPS systems there was an increase in the quality and age of medical devices, the risk of these devices failing during surgical procedures reduced, there was an increase in the reliability and accuracy of medical results and a the rate at which periodic maintenance of medical equipment was needed also reduced.
There were 147,000 individuals which benefitted from the equipment and it is expected that by the time the project will end and the systems are installed in all the centres, this number will reach 265,600 beneficiaries. In addition to this, the project has resulted in a greater capacity for future projects.