By Onche Ogbole
At eHealth Africa, we attribute our successes in the interventions and programs we implement to the virtuous cycle that uses data to drive decision-making and execution. As an organization, we also employ the same virtuous cycle in our operations to become more efficient and sustainable. As we work to strengthen health systems and improve the lives of people in the communities we work in, we also have to look at how we operate to ensure that our operations do not burden or negatively impact the communities we live and work in. As we reviewed how we work, we asked ourselves about our consumption of energy and had to challenge ourselves to become more energy efficient to reduce our carbon footprint while reducing our costs. When we started the journey towards energy efficiency, we knew that we had to do a better job with energy waste as it accounted for approximately 20% of our energy consumption. We knew that our approach had to be multi-pronged to get the results that we wanted for ourselves and needed to reduce our negative impact on the environment. Our approach included implementing policies, educating our people, and using technology and data to improve our systems.