We Care Solar was among 19 ground-breaking initiatives worldwide named as recipients of the United Nations ‘Momentum for Change’ Climate Solutions Award. I’ve been proud to work with the We Care Solar team in international locations, most recently in Tanzania, training and supervising PV installations on remote rural health care clinics.
We Care Solar promotes safe motherhood and reduces maternal mortality in developing regions, including Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Uganda, Kenya and Nepal, by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and medical devices using solar electricity. We Care Solar saves lives in childbirth by bringing solar power to remote, off-grid, and under-resourced medical centers. This initiative saves lives, as health workers no longer struggle to provide life-saving care with inadequate and dangerous lighting, such as kerosene lanterns, candles, and diesel fuel generators.
Each year, over 303,000 women die from pregnancy and childbirth complications, with most deaths occurring in Africa and Asia. Obstetric emergencies require prompt, appropriate, reliable care. Unreliable power and communication in health facilities result in life-threatening delays in care, inadequate lighting for obstetric and surgical procedures, underutilization of health facilities. The We Care Solar team works diligently to solve these issues that affect so many.
We Care Solar and it’s fellow winners of the Momentum for Change Award underline how Global Climate Action is accelerating, two years after the Paris Agreement was universally adopted and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Momentum for Change initiative, spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat, shines light on some of the most innovative, scalable and practical examples of what people across the globe are doing to combat climate change.