The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals outline 17 guideposts for people, the planet and prosperity. Goal #3 is:
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
A solar light can be particularly impactful for reproductive, maternal, and newborn health in parts of the world that do not have access to electricity. In 2016, 78 per cent of live births worldwide benefited from skilled care during delivery. That number can vary widely depending on location and socioeconomic status. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the rate in 2016 was only 53 per cent of live births. One proven method for increasing skilled care at births is by training midwives and village health care professionals.
A typical midwife may assist with 150-200 births per year, while some may deliver as many as 400 babies a year. Their impact is significant and as the number of trained midwives increases, the number of mothers who die due to maternity related issues decreases.
We seek to provide these medical professionals with solar lights so they can perform their work. Any time. Any where.
To expand our impact we recently joined the UNFPA Safe Birth Even Here Campaign, an effort to end maternal deaths in humanitarian and fragile zones.