Twenty-four hour emergency medical help is now available in a remote area of western Africa because of wind power. Two small windmills were installed recently in the Sahara Desert villages of Chinguette and Ouadane in Mauritania to provide electricity for round-the-clock medical care. Until the small generators were installed, local residents saw the wind primarily as an enemy because of the sand storms that buffeted their homes and left roads impassable. Solar powered wireless telephones were also provided to the villages by the same group, Tokyo-based "Save Africa." Group founder Tatsu Kanamori, who first passed through the area during the gruelling Paris to Dakar car rally, says that once the 350 Watt windmills are proven reliable, his group will also donate refrigerators to the communities for preserving medicine. The first doctors were to have visited the area starting in mid-January. The area is so remote, United Nations aid has yet to reach it, he says. Save Africa focuses on bringing medical help and preventing sand damage in desert areas of Africa.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol