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Solar Power Lights the Way for Maternal Health in Nigeria

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/05/23/Solar_Suitcases_A_Source_of_Light_and_Power Laura Stachel, co-founder of WE CARE Solar, demonstrates the impact of a basic solar-powered lighting system. Energy-efficient LED lights revolutionized the quality of care in a Nigerian maternity ward, where patients in need of emergency surgery had been turned away from care at night. ----- In response to the need for reliable light and mobile communication in maternity hospitals and clinics in developing countries, WE CARE Solar has designed portable solar electric kits that fit in a suitcase-sized package. Brent Moellenberg and Lauren Stachel describe the conditions in medical facilities abroad and how these "solar suitcases" are being field tested in Nigeria and Haiti. - Maker Faire 2010 Laura Stachel is the co-founder and director of WE CARE Solar, and is a retired obstetrician-gynecologist who has been researching maternity care in Nigeria over the last two years. She is the Associate Director of Emergency Obstetric Research for the Bixby Center of Population Health and Sustainability at UC Berkeley and has been delivering solar suitcases to clinics for the last year.
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