How solar-powered suitcases, babies in Nepal will help

Hari Sunar is a 24-year-old mother, whose second child is due in a few days.

She walked out of her house in the remote Nepalese village of Pandavkhani for your last antenatal check-up at your local birth house, the by quake and thunder, a refreshing downpour, and a village of the frequent power outages.

This current can be up to two weeks and cause significant problems.

But now he has his own solution.

The light in the birth house, and she smiles.

“I’m really happy,” says the young mom. “Since we have a solar light in the birth house.”

The light is powered by a bright yellow suitcase, and bolted the delivery of the wall of the room.

This is a solar suitcase.

In connection with a solar module on the roof, the device is a miniature power plant, which provides light, heat, and charge the battery, and a baby monitor. Save lives

For the local midwife, Hima Shirish, the solar-suitcase is a life saver.

She was determined to find a solar solution for your health centre the energy problems.

The charity One heart in the World come from the solar case and installed it in Pandavkhani in the year 2014. Since there is no maternal or infant deaths here.

“Pregnant mothers are says used to give birth to fear of the dark, when she came to the health post,” the Hima.

“They feared the loss of their babies. But now the fear is gone and you are relieved that you are going to have a baby with solar light.”Off-grid solution

The solar-suitcase is the brainchild of California-based obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Laura Stachel of we Care Solar.

While in Nigeria in 2008, she experienced complications and even deaths in babies of light or energy were delivered at night without a reliable.

Dr. Stachel developed a suitcase-size, off-grid, solar-electric system with her husband, solar engineer, Hal Aronson.

The prototype was so successful in Nigeria, they decided to take the innovation to clinics and health stations in other countries with high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality. Earthquake Challenge

In Nepal, the destroyed 2015 earthquake, many of its hospitals and to the left of most of the other facilities without reliable power supply.

With a weight of only 16kg (35lbs) solar suitcases were ideal for use on uneven terrain.

They provided life-saving energy to the provisional medical and birth tents in the immediate aftermath of the quake.

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But even without such natural disasters, Nepal is a long way from being able to generate, the need of the power of his people.

“There are a lot of maternity, or small clinics in rural areas, where no one at all.” Up to a third in rural areas with no reliable power supply, Raj Kumar Thapa, managing Director of Solar Solutions Private Limited says.

Government programs to increase small-scale power generation with solar, wind or water power, have had only limited success, he says, because it is difficult to install for private enterprises and maintain systems in remote areas, to achieve while still making a profit.

“As long as the user with the proper training on the operation of the system, there are, I believe to play a major role for solar energy, especially on a voluntary basis in Nepal.”

In front of the birth house, was erected, in Pandavkhani in the year 2013, most of the babies were delivered at home, sometimes by torch-light or in complete darkness.

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In difficult cases, mothers in work has taken a long mountainous hike would be on a 65 km (40 miles) through mud and rocks to the hospital in the next city, Baglung.

“Some of the children were in the wrong position, and we don’t have the equipment to help you,” Hima remembers. “Mothers die of haemorrhaging.”

Now Hima and her staff are also able to charge their cell phones, another important piece of kit in this remote part of the world.

“Sometimes, power outages can be declared for the last 15 days,” Hima. “We were not completely out of contact, because we recharge our cell phones.”

Mrs Sunar is just one of 175 mothers from the birth to the center at least once.

As she is waiting to redeem you, the second child, she is reassured, your experience during the birth of her daughter.

“When I came in to work with my first child… at the health post, and the light had just cut. But the health workers said that they had a solar suitcase, so I didn’t need to worry.”