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!