Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan. Yet, we can learn so much more from failure than successes. The amazing safety of modern flight is a result of this systems-based analysis of failures. In contrast, medical safety continues poorly with a culture of 'blame' focusing on individuals rather than systems diagnosis – and cure! As reported in the April 2012 issue of GIN, the CCLT is aiming to support efforts to accelerate solarization of the cold chain, with benefits for the planet as well as children who live in places with no reliable power source – except the sun. We know that there have been many failures of solar-powered fridges in the past. We know that maintenance of the battery and solar panel theft have been two important causes of failure. We also heard that underestimated budgets and human aversion to change can give a bad name to good technology. But we need to learn more. Contribute to the safe flight of solar power and tell your story of its failure. What was the project and where did it go wrong? What did you learn from it?
Send your contributions to Dmitri Davydov at UNICEF ([email protected]
) and you will hear from us.