Virtual Environmental and Humanitarian Adviser Tool – (VEHA Tool) is a tool
to easily integrate environmental considerations in humanitarian response. Field Implementation guidances are useful for the design and execution of humanitarian activities in the field.
Healthcare facilities utilise large amounts of energy to provide essential medical care for newborns and children. Newborns and children are more vulnerable to diseases. Energy is required for the functioning of incubators, vaccine refrigeration, and other medical items. Higher energy demand leads to higher energy which results in air pollution if it is not from sustainable renewable sources.
Children, the elderly, and people living with diseases are more vulnerable to variations in and extremes of heat and cold.
Pollution related to energy generation, fuel sourcing and energy use
Additional energy supply is needed in order to ensure the security of energy supply for incubators, vaccine refrigeration, and other medical items. Energy generation and supply typically use fossil fuels which contribute to climate change and local air pollution. Energy use in health facilities can lead to the release of hazardous substances such as ammonia gas, oil, and solvents that can be further detrimental for the population’s health as well as for the environment (water and air pollution).
The FCDO in responding to the Global Covid-19 response used returning staff repatriation flights to bring medical teams into countries, including Bangladesh. This both helped with the pandemic response and also reduced emissions from separate flights.
# of health facilities supplied with renewable energy
# of health facilities built or retrofitted with energy efficient design features and appliances