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Solar Powered Health Care in Africa

Posted by: laurie
June 12, 2012
This week, SEI partnered with WE CARE Solar to build technical capacity in Sierra Leone and installed 11 new lighting systems in remote maternal health clinics.

SEI instructor Carol Weis once again teamed up with WE CARE Solar co-founder Dr. Laura Stachel to deliver a 7 day train-the-trainers course which included one day in the classroom and 6 days in the field. This train-the-trainers class resulted in six local technicians who are now able to install Solar Suitcases and can train the local health care workers in how the system works.

Solar class in Sierra Leone with Baby SolarThe class in this photo joins the local health providers displaying both the installed Solar Suitcase along with new born “Baby Solar”. Baby Solar was delivered during the solar installation with his cord wrapped tightly around his neck. Isha Daramey, renowned midwife, and Dr. Laura Stachel guided the health staff in resuscitating the asphyxiated baby – and by the end of the afternoon, we all celebrated the successful delivery of both the baby and the new solar lighting system. UNFPA have ordered 40 more suitcase as the next step to providing light to the approximate 1,000 rural clinics in Sierra Leone.
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