Sunday, July 15, 2012

WE CARE Solar Wins 'Saving Lives/Grand Challenge' Award!

The goal of the Saving Lives at Birth: Grand Challenge program is to find the tools and approaches to help mothers and newborns at their most vulnerable time, seeking groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in rural, low-resource settings around the time of delivery.  This is the period when the majority of maternal and newborn deaths occur and the population that has been the most difficult to reach.

'We seek innovative ideas that can leapfrog conventional approaches in three main domains: (1) technology; (2) service delivery; and (3) “demand side” innovation that empowers women and their families to be aware of, and access, health care at the time of birth'.

Ilinisa Hendrickson, WE CARE's Research Analyst, and Carol Weis, WE CARE's Lead PV Installer & Instructor show off the Solar Suitcase and receive the fantastic news:

WE CARE Solar was also voted winner of the Saving Lives at Birth PEER CHOICE Award- meaning other Saving Lives at Birth finalists selected WE CARE's project as their favorite as well!

The award will help WE CARE Solar bring Solar Suitcases to 200 health facilities in SW Uganda, providing crucial lighting to health workers performing critical surgical procedures in clinics without electricity.  The Suitcases will also power laptop computers for continuing midwifery education, electronic data management systems, community education and advocacy.  

WE CARE would like to thank their supporters for all of their tireless help, inspiration, hard work, dedication, and commitment to their mission of empowering health workers and childbearing women around the world.  

It seems like the world is listening...

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