Everyday in the world roughly 800 women die giving birth.*  In Africa the chances of a woman dying during child birth is 1 in 39, compared to the United States where approximately 18.5 women die  for every 100,000 births.**  Most of these deaths occur in poor countries where access to the most basic of necessities are scarce.  

In 2008 Dr. Laura Stachel traveled to Nigeria. She was there to find answers of maternal mortality and how it could be lowered. The answer was quite simple, many state hospitals were running without reliable electricity.  Many nighttime deliveries were preformed without any light or by flashlight, others were turned away with many fatalities.  Many of these deaths could be prevented, if the hospital had a reliable source of energy. If there are any complications during childbirth doctors are unable to use medical equipment to save the life of the mother or child.  Performing surgery in almost complete darkness is very dangerous, with often devastating results.

Dr. Stachel wrote to her husband Hal Aronson who has a solar energy background.  Together they came up with an idea to try to bring power to this hospital. Hal created a very portable solar power suitcase for Dr. Stachel to bring with her to Nigeria. It was a great success, the hospital asked to keep the suitcase.


After learning of the solar powered suitcase many other hospitals in Africa began requesting one of their own.  We Care Solar was born, co-founded by Dr. Stachel and Aronson.  As of 2014, close to 900 Solar Suitcases have been assembled and sent to 25 countries.***

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This documentary would be for people who would like to know more about what is going on in the world, and what can be done to help those in need.

My role in creating this documentary would be to show the importance of Dr. Stachel’s solar suitcase and the good she is doing in the world. I would like to show the before, after and what the future of what is in store for her and We Care Solar.


* http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs348/en/
** http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/maternal-deaths-in-childbirth-rise-in-the-us/2014/05/02/abf7df96-d229-11e3-9e25-188ebe1fa93b_story.html
*** http://wecaresolar.org/about-us/our-story/


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