Solar suitcase supplies electricity to developing-world hospitals
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After witnessing women in desperate conditions delivering babies in African hospitals, Dr. Laura Stachel knew she needed to help. She and Hal Aronson...
After witnessing women in desperate conditions delivering babies in African hospitals, Dr. Laura Stachel knew she needed to help. She and Hal Aronson have designed a solar kit that is portable and permanent and can provide electricity during labor and birth.
Jul 5, 2012
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Are WE Really Supposed to BELIEVE These Solar Suitcases are Really Going To go to Hospitals and Health Centers,, 1 HOUR after these get there they will be GONE !
When I worked in Africa, we delivered in a room with opaque windows to let in the sunlight. If you needed to "aim" the light, aluminum foil panels or mirrors did the job.At night, we used kerosene lamps, although we could put on a generator if I had to do a Caesarian section. And it ignores that a lot of deliveries are done in the home, not hospitals or clinics. This is another "big sophisticated expensive green answer" to a problem that could better be solved by intermediate technology. We did heat our water with solar panels (low tech) however. They could be made with local materials.
We actually have a courier bring the Solar Suitcase to the clinics to ensure they get to their destinations. We also continue to keep contact with the health providers and conduct follow-up evaluations. The Solar Suitcases are usually mounted to the wall; the suitcase becomes a cabinet. The solar panels are fixed to the roof. The health workers are extremely grateful for the solar power and ensure that they don't "walk away." Perhaps because the Solar Suitcases are placed in clinics that provide 24 hour a day care, and the fact we encourage communities to help us with the installations, we have not had a problem with theft. We have been interviewing health workers in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda, and the Solar Suitcases are indeed staying in the clinics and doing the job they were intended to do.