More than 11,000 women give birth Sengerema,Tanzania, where health centers lack reliable electricity, limiting the capacity to provide quality maternal health services. Midwives struggle to save lives at night by candlelight, kerosene lantern, or cell phone light. Many mothers fear coming to darkened facilities, and suffer complications at home. Reliable electricity in health centers is essential for increasing access and reducing maternal/newborn mortality rates in this underserved region.
The We Care Solar Suitcase is a compact solar electric system for medical lighting, emergency communication, designed to be simple, safe and durable. By providing (a) continuous electricity in delivery rooms, (b) cell phone charging to ensure communications for referrals and ambulances and (c) fetal heart rate monitors to improve clinical care, the Solar Suitcase empowers health workers to work more effectively at night, improving safe motherhood, and increasing access to life-saving care.
Over 11,000 women deliver babies each year in Sengerema District. By improving maternal health care, we will increase the competence and morale of health workers and improve care for mothers and newborns. Saving the life of a mother increases her baby's chance of surviving infancy. It increases the likelihood her children will attend school and be well nourished. She an her family can be more productive. Saving mothers is vitally important for the health and welfare of families and communities.
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