The Nexus Between Energy and Healthcare Development: Few Stylised Facts with a Special Emphasis on Bangladesh
From a healthcare perspective, energy is a crucial parameter for delivering and developing the healthcare services and life-saving interventions. In Bangladesh, lack of access to reliable energy affects the health services in the rural areas to a considerable extent. For example, unreliable access to electricity leads to vaccine spoilage, interruptions in the use of diagnostic and other medical devices, and even for maternal delivery and emergency procedures. The choices of energy can also lead patients to many diseases in a transition economy like Bangladesh. For instance, cooking food using wood can lead to harmful smoke in the air, which leads to respiratory diseases. With changes in the pattern and urgency of disease along with its treatment, more energy (cleaner and reliable) is needed to overcome the obstacle. Thus, Bangladesh should promote the expansion of renewable energy in rural areas to facilitate the healthcare service through the public–private partnership.
KeywordsAir pollution Health care Renewable energy Rural Bangladesh Women
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