Light for safer births

Today over 132 675 000 babies will probably be born. 44 millions of them at night between 10 o'clock in the evening and 6 o'clock in the morning. In many rural hospitals in Africa electricity and light are still rare and unreliable.

The NGO «Engineers Without Borders La Rioja» installs small solar systems in maternity clinics in collaboration with Mali-Folkecenter. Young village women are trained to make repairs and maintenance. With about 1,300 deliveries per year and solar panel that this project facilitates, it could well be, that 3 or 4 children are born more safely tonight because of this project.

On the site of «Filme für die Erde» you can view the touching scene in which which the mid-wives, the mother and the hospital personell, cheer when the solar light works and makes their jobs considerably easier.

The trailers can be viewed freely, to access the full version, you need to pay a rent of 6 $.

The «solar sisters» is another inspiring, entrepreneurial project about the opportunities of solar energy in rural Africa

And finally, we wish Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy, inspiring New Year to all of you.

Today's quiz

The midwife in the picture explains how difficult it is to hold the torch with her neck when she needs both hands to help the mother in labour; and how expensive the batteries are...