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Midwifery Made Easier

Imagine delivering a baby without light. Rosette Uwayezu, the 23-year-old midwife in charge of maternity services at Green Valley Health Center II, knows what its like to deliver babies in near darkness. Her facility is located in Rubanda District in

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The Power of Partnership: Pathfinder International Ethiopia

By Fisseha Moges, National Programs Management Support Advisor Pathfinder International    At Pathfinder, we believe that collaboration and partnership in health are central to strengthening the healthcare delivery systems and enhancing the capacity of healthcare providers and leaders and is

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“Our Survival Depends on It!”

In Africa, it’s rather uncommon to see women engineers climbing up onto a roof or using a cordless drill. Since the time we first launched our Women’s Solar Ambassador program in 2012, we have been changing norms.  Women are the

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“You should have come yesterday…”

Last week, We Care Solar officially launched Light Every Birth in Zimbabwe. The festive occasion was officiated by the First Lady of Zimbabwe, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, who serves as the country’s health ambassador. In addition to wonderful speeches by the

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We Care Solar Wins 2017 Drucker Prize!

Today the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University announced that We Care Solar is the winner of the 2017 Drucker Prize. We Care Solar’s solar-powered suitcases provide lighting and electricity for nighttime obstetrical care in the developing world. The Drucker Prize judges

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Reflections from a Solar Ambassador

In 2012, We Care Solar started the Women’s Solar Ambassador Program to train more than a dozen ambitious women to become our international solar installation trainers. They studied online materials for six weeks, then came to Berkeley for hands-on training

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Shining a Light on Healthcare Heroes

Posted on Huffington Post, November 11, 2013 When the sun sets tonight around the world, more than 400 maternity clinics that long labored in darkness will have light. Reliable, robust and easy to use “Solar Suitcases” will provide light and

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Between Life and Death

We were in Malawi for three days when I asked a hospital midwife to tell me the word for pregnancy in Chichewa, the local language. “Pakati,” she told me. “What does that translate to?” I asked.  “Between life and death.”

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We Care Solar launches Successful Ambassador Program

In October 2012, 14 women arrived in Berkeley, California to take part in  a very unique workshop. Some arrived from Colorado, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington; others flew in from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and Mexico. Their objective? To learn

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