Solar Suitcase Project (We Care Solar)- 10.40kW
SunFarmer Nepal is partnering with We Care Solar (WCS), an American Non-profit company and AEPC (Alternate Energy Promotion Center), Ministry of Population and Environment to install 130 Solar Suitcases at Health Posts/Birthing Centers across earthquake affected and remote districts of Nepal i.e. Kalikot, Nuwakot, Lalitpur, Kavre, Sindhuli, Okhaldhunga, Ramecchap, Makwanpur and Sindhupalchowk. The main aim of the project is to improve the maternal and child health in remote parts of Nepal that lacks proper health care due to lack of electricity. The 80 Watt Solar Suitcases are designed to power critical lighting, mobile communication devices and medical devices in low resource areas without reliable electricity.
What problem are you trying to solve? Who has this problem?Nepal have made significant progress in reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. From 2000-2015 A.D, the maternal mortality rate decreased from 548 to 258 per 100,000 live births (WHO, 2015). Still Maternal and Neonatal mortality remains one of the biggest public health problems in Nepal mostly due to lack of skilled birth attendants and the absence of emergency services and equipment in rural health centers. Obstetric emergencies requires prompt, appropriate and reliable care. Unreliable power and communication in health facilities results in A) Life-threatening delays in care, B) Inadequate lighting for obstetric and surgical procedures, and C) Under-utilization of health facilities. In most of the remote sites where we develop this project, they have a limited and unreliable power source i.e. grid energy. On top of that health facility has a significant power deficit and there are scheduled power cuts which can last over 10 hours per day. As a secondary source, they use rechargeable lights which is insufficient to deliver a good service to the patient. Quotes from health worker: "Once there was a case of retained placenta and visitor have to show the light and it was really hard to figure membrane and empty the bladder in absence of electricity and was even harder to transfer mother and newborns to the next room for proper care". -ANM. Kalpana Shrestha, Kapilakot HP Not too long ago we had to handle two delivery cases at the same time. Just after the first baby was delivered, the second case arrived. The In-charge helped with holding lights and taking care of the newborns. Night-time deliveries during power-cuts take much more time and more staff is required. It is hard to find equipment and work efficiently. Had there been light, it would have been very easy, for example while suturing. -Deepa Neupane, ANM, Samundratar HP
Value PropositionSolar suitcase is a portable an cost-effective equipment that power critical lighting, mobile communication devices and medical devices (Fetal Doppler) in low resource areas without reliable electricity. The main goal of the project is to ensure that mothers and newborns are born in skilled healthcare facilities that have adequate lighting and power to save lives (WeCareSolar). Quote from health worker: "The visitor for 4th ANC check-up were well pleased with new service like Fetal Doppler and lights in the health facility. They were overwhelmed while listening to their child's heartbeat and also said that now they can really know that their child is safe and healthy."
- Improves the health conditions of 593,430 people.
- Out of the total number of beneficiaries of the project, 11,856 are women.
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 32.06 Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide per year.
- Creates 20 new jobs during the lifetime on the project.
Pratistha Shrestha, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Avishek Malla, CEO
Shisher Shrestha, Project Manager