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Promoting safe motherhood by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication and powering medical equipment.

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One of the winners in last year's Health Mothers, Strong World competition run by Changemakers – Solar Suitcases brings portable solar electric kits to clinics and small hospitals to power lighting, mobile communication and essential medical equipment for emergency obstetric care. Their solar suitcases are low-cost, easy-to-use, robust and reliable – enabling health care workers in low-resource areas to provide safe and prompt obstetric care.

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This highlights the issue of irregular, inaccessible and expensive power supply in many rural (and sometimes even urban) low-income areas. Mobile technology may be able to help in many situations – but power is essential for such technology to function.


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