We Care Solar launches “Light Every Birth” programme in Zimbabwe

By ZBC Reporter
A UNITED States of America based non-profit making organisation, We Care Solar, has partnered the government of Zimbabwe in spearheading a solar initiative aimed at providing clean and reliable energy for safe child-birth in the country.
It is every woman’s dream to deliver their bundle of joy safely while health care service providers also require reliable lighting and power for their day to day operations.
Due to energy challenges, some health care facilities have resorted to using candles, kerosene lanterns and diesel generators.
This, however, will be a thing of the past as We Care Solar from the United States of America has introduced high quality and efficient solar electric system with durable LED lighting for medical procedures.
Co-founder and Director We Care Solar, Laura Stachel says the project, which targets 1 000 health care facilities countrywide, will see Zimbabwe taking the lead in improving maternal health care through the use of renewable energy.
“We have so far rolled out 230 solar suitcases and today we are giving 200 more. Our aim is to ensure maternal health care facilities have reliable energy and lighting. We thank the Government of Zimbabwe for partnering with us in honouring all families through safe childbirth,” said Stachel.
Officiating at the event, the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, who is also the country’s health ambassador, said she will take up the initiative at continental level.
“I want to commend the co-founders of We Care Solar for their commitment in ensuring those women, especially in remote areas where there is no reliable electricity are catered for. My wish is for other African ladies to support the Light every birth initiative so we will ensure the campaign reaches them. I am also challenging the ministry of higher and Tertiary education to spearhead the designing of these solar suitcases as this will go a long way in ensuring both our hospitals and homes have efficient and sustainable energy,” said Amai Mnangagwa.
Since its inception in 2010, the project has seen more than 4 100 health centres in Africa and Asia being equipped with this technology.
Areas such as Manicaland, Matabeleland South and Mashonaland East have already benefitted from the programme.