Living in a first world country, there are many basic things that we take for granted. One of those fundamental things is medical care. People all over the world often do without it. Even when some elements of medical care are available- a visiting doctor or a supply of medicine, it can still be difficult to administer proper treatment. When a key constituent– something as simple as electric light in operating room- is missing, the whole endeavor loses effectiveness.
In many rural health posts in Nepal, the local medical staff struggles to help patients in facilities that have limited and unpredictable electricity. Sometimes, they have no electricity at all. More often than not, these facilities operate– handling procedures like childbirth and emergency care- with only the illumination of a simple flashlight, held by an assistant in the room.
Luckily, there is a stronger light at the end of the tunnel. Our local Aloha Medical Mission has brought a solar-powered rechargeable light source developed by We Care Solar to one such health post, nine kilometers outside the town of Lahan. RevoluSun donated the $1500 cost of the unit and there are more units planned for distribution.
“This is a perfect gift for us… whatever problems they are facing because of the light are going to be taken care of by this solar unit.” Said a medical volunteer at the Lahan post.
Improving the quality of life for people around the world is a reality. With the ability to harness the power of the sun, it just takes the pledge of a few community focused organizations and the commitment to share the light- in this case- one suitcase at a time.