We Care Solar envisions a world where all mothers have access to prompt, appropriate obstetric care provided in well-equipped health centers. 300,000 women and more than 1 million newborns die every year from complications of childbirth. In hundreds of thousands of health centers lacking reliable electricity, midwives and doctors work struggle to provide life-saving care in near-darkness. Health workers are unable detect life-threatening conditions or provide essential services. Life-saving medical procedures, including cesarean sections are postponed or cancelled. Critically ill patients are turned away from hospitals lacking electricity. The consequences are tragic.
Since 2010, we have designed technology and developed programs to bring our compact rugged solar electric systems – Solar Suitcases - to under-resourced health centers. Our Solar Suitcases replace candles and kerosene lanterns with bright, efficient LED lights, provide electronic fetal monitoring during labor, and enable timely medical care and emergency referrals. With the Solar Suitcase, health care workers can conduct deliveries safely and promptly diagnose and treat obstetric and newborn complications. This solar powered solution uses sustainable energy to replace polluting fossil fuel sources of light and power.
The Solar Suitcase was designed to be safe, rugged, simple-to-use, and able to be installed more easily than traditional solar electric systems. Our “Train-the-trainer” programs ensure that our technology is installed, used properly and easily maintained by local health staff.
This year, we are launching our "Light Every Birth" campaign, calling upon governments, UN agencies and international NGOs to partner with us to ensure every delivery room has the "power to save lives." As our programs grow and we expand to more countries, the need for training materials that are easily understood by beneficiaries with different cultural backgrounds, languages, and literacy levels is essential.
No women should die giving life. We imagine a future where all babies are born safely in clinics with skilled providers using clean, reliable power, where all health centers and hospitals have around-the-clock medical lighting, and where health care workers no longer fear nighttime duty. With the Solar Suitcase, it is feasible for every woman to give birth safely in a skilled health facility with essential power and light.