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Week 37 – Solar Suitcase

In Uganda, many women die every day during their childbirth. Most of these women face a 1 in 35 lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy complications. So, maternal mortality is at a crisis point. The reason behind this is that there are 1.3 billion people who are living without access to reliable electricity, and health care in energy-poor regions, like Uganda, is severely compromised. Clinics and hospitals function in the dark at night, and among those most affected are mothers in need of emergency obstetric care and their newborns.

For a mother giving birth at night, electricity can really mean the difference between life and death.

This yellow solar suitcase, which is a high-efficiency solar energy system that fits in a carry-on-suitcase designed for medical settings providing health workers with reliable lighting and power for medical and mobile communication devices, can bring light to these pregnant women saving them from death during their childbirth.

Recently, WE CARE Solar has installed 68 Solar Suitcases at health care centers in Uganda. This means more women are choosing to give birth at a clinic with reliable lighting and power for medical devices. More healthy births and more lives have been saved because these yellow solar suitcases!
Thank you, WE CARE solar and Power the World!


7 responses

  1. That’s absolutely awesome! harnessing nature’s power 🙂

    September 22, 2013 at 12:04 am

  2. Frightening to see how simple it can be to solve some problems.

    September 22, 2013 at 3:18 am

  3. Thanks for sharing a post that make us see the realities in other parts of the world. Light and electricity does make a huge difference during critical emergencies. Have a great weekend.

    September 22, 2013 at 4:03 am

  4. That’s a great suitcase. It helps many people. 😀

    September 22, 2013 at 7:57 am

  5. Definitely a life-saver!

    September 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

  6. Wow such a simple solution really – lets hope many can benefit from these. It is sad when so many in the world are struggling.

    September 24, 2013 at 12:10 am

  7. My goodness! And here we are taking all these modern day comforts for granted. Thanks for calling this to our attention.

    September 24, 2013 at 9:28 am

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