Creating a Green Solution to Support Midwives
Flexiway Solar Solutions, part of NRS International, creates solar medical kits to support midwives
All eyes will be on Paris for the upcoming 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris. From November 30 to December 11, the world will be watching how this critical meeting unfolds. It could set the tone for the health of our planet for decades to come and is of particular importance to women in the developing world, who are more vulnerable to the effect of climate change than men.
Climate change can be felt in the short-term through natural hazards, such as landslides, floods and hurricanes; and in the long-term, through more gradual degradation of the environment. According to the UN Women Watch, many climate change scenarios increase morbidity and mortality. Existing social, economic and political barriers make women more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men. However, using solar lights as a clean energy tool can empower women and change their lives for the better.
Climate change and health
A changing climate affects the poorest people in developing countries the most, and has put a tremendous strain on health systems. Only 34% of sub-Saharan hospitals have access to electricity and most health facilities lack basic resources including lights. In response, Flexiway Solar Solutions created the Solar Medical 6-Pack, comprising four solar lights and two ultra-powerful solar head torches. This solution has been particularly welcomed by midwives and birth attendants who utilise the lights throughout antenatal, delivery and postnatal treatments, while simultaneously using green energy.
In partnership with Innovations for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, an initiative from Concern Worldwide in Sierra Leone, we recently tested our Solar Medical 6-Pack. A total of 18 rural health facilities participating in the Essential Newborn Care Corps project tested our lights and provided valuable feedback. The solar lights proved to be very practical and powerful enough to perform simple medical procedures and it was also found that the lights were ideal for accompanying women to the health facility during dark. It was concluded that birth attendants became more motivated when they had the appropriate resources to deliver improved care.
About Flexiway Solar Solutions
Flexiway Solar Solutions is a subsidiary of NRS International, a family-run company that designs, develops and manufactures products for the humanitarian aid, public health and development sectors. To find out more about Flexiway Solar Solutions’ complete range of fit-for-purpose solar products, visit www.flexiwaysolar.com.
About Concern Worldwide
Concern Worldwide works with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives. It works in partnership with the very poorest people in these countries, directly enabling them to improve their lives, as well as using its knowledge and experience to influence decisions made at a local, national and international level that can significantly reduce extreme poverty. For more information, visit https://www.concern.net.