Updated Apr 17, 2019

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We Care Solar

Saving lives in childbirth with innovative Solar Suitcases

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

We Care Solar designs and manufactures compact solar electric systems and distributes these to off-grid health centers to ensure health workers have essential electric for life-saving care. WCS has deployed over 3000 Solar Suitcases to date in more than 20 countries in partnership with UN agencies and international NGOS. Our rugged, complete solar electric systems provide medical lighting, fetal heart rate monitoring and 12VDC charging for phones and other devices. Our capacity building workshops provide local technicians with the skills to install and maintain our devices.

Registered in United States.

Focus Areas:

Health, Gender Equity, Climate Change and Resilience and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Health, Gender Equity, Climate Change and Resilience, Energy, Humanitarian Assistance, Solar and Response TechnologiesSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania, Nepal and KenyaSEE LESS

Countries Implemented In
Funds Raised to Date
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The lack of reliable electricity in hundreds of thousands of health centers is a significant factor in the continued high rates of maternal mortality, claiming 300,000 lives annually, primarily in Africa and Asia. Without reliable power, midwives struggle to deliver babies by kerosene lanterns and candles, doctors postpone or cancel emergency c/sections, patients are turned away from darkened health centers, and lives are needlessly lost.



The Solar Suitcase is a rugged, easy-to-use solar electric system that includes medical-grade LED lighting, a fetal heart rate monitor, phone chargers, and 12VDC charging for medical devices. The are designed to work day after day without fail and require minimal maintenance. We partner with UN agencies and international NGOs to implement our programs, building local capacity by training health technicians to install our technology and to train health workers on their optimal use.

Target Beneficiaries

We serve last mile community health centers—the midwives and doctors providing emergency obstetric care as well as the expectant mothers and newborns in need of safe deliveries.

Mission and Vision

Our vision is world where all mothers and newborns survive pregnancy and childbirth.

Innovation Description

The award-winning We Care Solar Suitcase is an economical, easy-to-use portable power unit that provides health workers with highly efficient medical lighting and power for mobile communication, computers, and medical devices. By equipping off-grid medical clinics with solar power for urgent medical care, We Care Solar reduces maternal and infant morbidity and mortality and improves the quality of care in Africa, Nepal, Philippines, Haiti and other regions.

Competitive Advantage

Our product is designed for institutional use under harsh environmental conditions. The product is engineered to be safe, rugged, and durable. The lights last 70,000 hours. The battery requires a simple exchange once in five years. The switches are circuit breakers. The case protects the components for years and doubles as a wall cabinet. The kit includes everything needed for installation, including all the hardware and supplies for a complete installation.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We are promoting our Light Every Birth initiative - serving every health centers in need at a country level. Liberia is our first country partner, followed by Uganda. We are also designing a new model of the Solar Suitcase that includes remote monitoring, and an improved user interface.
Funding Goal2,000,000


Jan 2017
New Country Implemented In
Nepal, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
May 2010

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