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Eric commented on Solar powered recharge stations

Thanks Manisha. Your feedback is very valuable. The Fridges mainly don’t work because their is no service back up contracts on implementation. Something that is often overlooked by suppliers who do not want to be intimately involved in this communities. Second problem is that manufacturers have the attitude that one size fits all so often you will find very sophisticated equipment deployed in very low resource setting. In this case all they need is a simple working fridge and also take into consideration that power outages are common by having them running off solar. On the messages often it is more of village gossip on twitter or Facebook especially when they see a sudden vaccine drive being carried out. There is an increasing perception that vaccines are a fertility control measure especially when ad hoc vaccine drives are conducted. Case in point are the frequent polio drives around Kenya where volunteers spend their day walking around villages with rudimentary cool boxes. Sometimes they place their lunch in the box which gives the perception that hygiene is not well taken care of but the converse is that sometimes they don’t even have cool packs in the boxes. Working solar fridges ensure cooling packs are always available and that the vaccines at the health center are kept at the right temperature. In turn the extra power coming off the grid can be used for a social project such as mobile phone Charge station for card carrying mothers.