The Public Health Impact of Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Ethiopia, East Africa countries
- There is poor electricity access in Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DR
Congo and Eritrea.
- In 2018, 55% (60 million) of Ethiopia population and 40% (17 million) of Sudan population were without
- Few countries in Africa like Egypt reported 100% (98 million) electricity access.
- East Africa countries still rely on solid fuels for their everyday household energy needs (wood, animal
dung, crop residues, coal) leading to very high levels of household air pollution.
- East Africa countries reported unacceptably high burden of deaths, premature mortality and disability
attributed to air pollution which could be averted by having full electricity access coverage for the
- GERD is aiming to address universal electricity access in East Africa countries and beyond.