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“Our award-winning Solar Suitcase addresses a problem that has been largely overlooked— that unreliable electricity impairs the ability of skilled clinicians to provide life-saving obstetric care.” -
Laura Stachel, MD MPH, Co-Founder and Director
Maternal mortality worldwide accounts for more than 530,000deaths a year; 99% of these occur in Africa and Asia, where over300,000 health care facilities lack reliable electricity. Doctors andmidwives struggle to provide obstetric care– often relying oncandles or kerosene lanterns. Patients fail to obtain timely care,obstetric surgeries are delayed or conducted under grossly sub-optimal conditions, and the consequences are often tragic. Whenbirth complications occur, mothers and babies can be saved if health facilities have reliable lighting, mobile communication, andelectricity to power medical devices.
Theory of Change:
When maternal health facilities insettings without reliable electricityobtain solar-powered lighting andemergency communication, clini-cians can promptly respond toobstetric emergencies, decreas-ing the incidence of maternal andinfant morbidity and mortality.
Berkeley, CA,United States
Sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, Southeast Asia
Health, Clean Tech & Energy
1.5 and 7 volunteers
Blum Center for Developing Economies, UCBBixby and Big Ideas Programs, Segal FamilyFoundation, Joel Forte Foundation
2010 CBS-5 Jefferson Public Service Award
2010 Global Social Venture Competition,
Social Impact Assessment Winner2010 UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for CivicEngagement2010 Ashoka Changemakers’ “HealthyMothers, Strong World” Competition Winner2009 NY Times “Half the Sky” Competition2010 CITRIS Big Ideas, second place
WE CARE Solar - GSBI™ Class of 2010
IMPROVING MATERNAL HEALTH CARE UTILIZINGSOLAR-POWERED TECHNOLOGIES
WE CARE Solar provides solar electric kits for medical lightingand communication that are reliable, robust, and low-cost,enabling timely and appropriate emergency care in maternalhealth facilities and settings without reliable electricity. Use of our solar electric systems have dramatically lowered maternal
mortality in eld tests.