Local Rotarians Are Turning On The Lights For Medical Applications In Remote Communities

The Rotary Solar Case.

 

IT’s all too true – it’s easy to make a baby in the dark, but it is much harder to deliver one there.

The Rotary Club of Salamander Bay has been actively working on international projects in Papua New Guinea for many years specifically supporting Save The Kula Babies.

Now they are working on a project that will put light into the hands of midwives not only in Papua New Guinea but in other remote communities around the world.

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Of course this is not the only Rotary Club involved in making women’s health and education for our nearest neighbours a priority.

The Rotarians at the Rotary Club Of Salamander Bay are putting some research and development into power – specifically solar power that is highly portable.

Teaming up with Durst they have developed a Solar Powered Case that is literally turning on the lights for midwives and doctors in remote areas across Pacific and Asian nations.

So far the club has commissioned and tested three cases, with more planned on the way.

The case has been developed, first and foremost, to provide light in remote health centres, aiding health workers where the availability of electricity is problematic at the best of times.

The idea is not new, the redevelopment by Durst is.

There are currently some 5000 similar units out of the US distributed across Africa, India and Nepal.

However, these units are prohibitive cost wise to land in Australia.

The ability to provide portable lights for village birthing assistants is a major priority in areas where women often give birth in village huts or village health centres where the light from kerosene lanterns or mobile phones is otherwise the best available alternative.

The Solar Case also has application in regions that have been subject to natural disaster where there has been a disruption to conventional power.

Providing immediate light and ability to recharge phones etc to maintain emergency contact channels.

The power pack ensures that wherever there is sunlight there is power to provide light and recharge essential equipment.

The trial of the solar cases has been coordinated by the Rotary Club of Boroko.

The case is currently taking a trip with Rotarian Darcy Geale who will showcase it to other Rotary Groups in an effort to gain further support for the project.

The Rotary Club of Boroko plan to place the two trial units in remote village health centres for a three month trial.

Each case is water, dust and shock proof with a 500W battery, houses 6 usb ports and a range of other outlets.

Importantly, if used correctly, the medical staff will be able to shine a light when it is needed most.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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