Thursday, July 16, 2009

We Care Solar - Dr. Laura Stachel

From site:

Our Mission

WE CARE SOLAR promotes safe motherhood and reduces maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, blood bank refrigeration and mobile communication using solar electricity.


We originally designed a photovoltaic system to power lighting, medical equipment, a blood bank refrigerator, and communication equipment in a major municipal hospital in Northern Nigeria. We installed this system in early 2009.

Our emergency obstetric PV system powers the following:

  • Overhead surgical lighting in areas of critical need such as the operating room and labor and delivery
  • Mobile telecommunications between hospital staff and on-call physicians
  • Existing on-site surgical equipment that is currently underutilized
  • A blood bank refrigerator that utilizes DC electricity
  • Battery chargers that power LED headlamps for night duty workers


  1. I wanted to ask whether such a brilliant technology could be started in Ghana too?

  2. Thanks for posting information about WE CARE Solar. We're field testing the technology, and when we're satisfied with our design, we'd love to bring this technology to Ghana and other parts of Africa.
    -Laura Stachel


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