Chakaria: Securing the disability centre’s electrical system


  • Population: 160995642 people
    34% urban - 66% rural
  • Life expectancy: 72 years
  • Adult literacy rate, population 15+ years: 60%
  • Population with access to electricity:
    90% urban - 49% rural
  • Population with access to Improved water source:
    87% urban - 87% rural

The need

Electriciens sans frontières was called upon by Dr. Thierry Craviari, orthopaedic surgeon at the Gap hospital, who manages the Chakaria Disability Centre. This centre, originally geared towards the treatment of rickets that affects almost 4.5% of the children in the region, is experiencing increasingly operational difficulties due to the poor quality of the electrical supply which leads to recurring power cuts.

The response

To restore a permanent and reliable supply, Electriciens sans frontières chose to use of the existing network to charge the batteries and to power the centre via inverters. To compensate for the numerous deficiencies of the public network, a diesel generator was installed.

The impact

The project will improve the health conditions of the 15,000 people in the area.

Good practices

The operators have been trained to comply with the specifications (day to day energy and the power of the installations), to manage (including handling of source inverters) and maintain the installations, generators and batteries/chargers/inverters.

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