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New Partnership – The Judith Neilson Foundation

Advancing Global Healthcare with the Judith Neilson Foundation

In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, We Care Solar is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership with the Judith Neilson Foundation and our shared commitment to using solar-powered solutions to advancing global healthcare equity. Light Every Birth Malawi will enhance maternal healthcare by providing essential light and electricity to support safe childbirth throughout the country.

In Malawi, where grid electricity is often unreliable, many women deliver in darkened labor rooms where health workers struggle by candle or torchlight. Without power, simple health procedures become difficult and emergency care can be postponed or canceled, contributing to Malawi’s already poor maternal/newborn health outcomes. Recognizing the pressing need for reliable, sustainable energy for safe childbirth, our organizations are joining forces to address this issue in Malawi.

Judith Neilson Foundation’s generous support will enable We Care Solar to expand its reach and install our award-winning Solar Suitcases in maternal clinics across Malawi. These systems illuminate off-grid clinics during critical hours and power essential medical equipment, ensuring that healthcare providers have the necessary resources to deliver safe, timely, and effective care.

We Care Solar’s partnership with the Judith Neilson Foundation will also facilitate the training of local women in the installation and repair of Solar Suitcases, ensuring sustainable electricity and providing economic opportunity for women installers.

By harnessing the power of renewable energy, we are not only improving healthcare outcomes but also contributing to environmental sustainability and resilience in remote communities that are typically reliant on fossil fuels. Solar energy offers a reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly solution, empowering communities to thrive while reducing their carbon footprint.

We are deeply grateful for the Judith Neilson Foundation’s vision, partnership and generous support. They are leading this initiative with another lead funder, the Marks Family Foundation. Together, we will catalyze positive change and lasting impact by creating a brighter, healthier future for Malawi’s mothers and infants, and work toward a more energy-equitable, sustainable future.

We Care Solar is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and promote planetary health by providing health workers with life-saving clean energy for safe childbirth. Our vision is a world where every mother and newborn can survive childbirth in well-lit health clinics, and all health workers have the power to save lives. We believe that access to quality health care, gender equity, and a clean, healthy environment are human rights.

The Judith Neilson Foundation is investing in people, places and culture to strengthen communities in Africa and Australia. Our vision is that people and communities are resilient, thriving and able to contribute equally to a prosperous society. We approach our mission by forging partnerships with organizations who understand the diverse and interconnected challenges experienced by disadvantaged and marginalized communities, delivering locally-led solutions to social, economic and resource inequities.


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