Building connections: Clean energy to reduce health and social inequities

Enhancing collaboration between the energy and health sectors to work together to improve health and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa

Brainstorming lab
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
13:30 to 14:45

Promoting the adoption of clean and sustainable energy in homes and healthcare facilities is critical to reduce health and social inequity in sub-Saharan Africa. Often the same people exposed to dangerous levels of household air pollution and safety risks due to the lack of clean energy for cooking and space heating cannot access basic health services due to a lack of sustainable electricity at their health facilities. Participants will identify opportunities for enhanced collaboration between the health and energy sectors to improve the health and well-being of the poorest populations. A visual mapping of data on the health and social impacts from the lack of access to clean and sustainable energy will be used to launch a discussion about a new platform for energy and health.

Organised by


Nathalie Roebbel
Coordinator, Air Pollution and Urban Health
World Health Organization
Samira Bawumia
Founder & CEO - Samira Empowerment & Humanitarian Projects, Second Lady of Ghana
Samira Empowerment & Humanitarian Projects
Heather Adair-Rohani
Team Leader on Energy and Health
World Health Organization
Rita Poppe
Policy Advisor
Hivos People Unlimited