Monday May 6, 2019 0 comments
CENTENNIAL -- Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) and nonprofit We Care Solar won the 2019 Edison Award for Social Innovation for its joint development of Solar Suitcase 3.0, a portable and durable power system that provides sustainable energy for around-the-clock, effective obstetric care in remote and off-grid maternal health facilities around the world.
The Edison Awards, named after Thomas Alva Edison, recognizes and honors the world’s best innovators and innovations. This year marks the 32nd year the Edison Universe organization has recognized technology innovation in categories ranging from medical advancements to building materials.
The Solar Suitcase was selected over other finalists in the category of Humanitarian Technology.
Worldwide, more than 1 billion people live without electricity and 300,000 women die in childbirth, often turned away from health centers that lack power.
We Care Solar is a nonprofit that has teamed with Arrow to ensure women have access to safe childbirth in well-lit health facilities and equip medical providers with the power to save lives.
Arrow offered to help improve the Solar Suitcase, a sun-powered, waterproof, compact system that includes medical-quality lighting, a fetal monitor, rechargeable headlamps, and cell phone charging for remote health workers to make emergency referrals.
To optimize We Care Solar’s lifesaving technology solution, Arrow helped create a dependable, lower cost design that is now easier to manufacture at scale, install and operate.
Each unit is expected to work for at least five years before requiring a simple battery replacement. Extensive field testing is continuing in Uganda, and expanded manufacturing in the United States is planned for 2019.
“Having the light changed the lives of the health workers and the patients. It changed everything,” said Maimuna Muye, a Nigerian midwife.
Arrow Electronics (NYSE:ARW) guides innovation forward for more than 200,000 leading technology manufacturers and service providers. With 2018 sales of $30 billion, Arrow develops technology solutions that improve business and daily life. Learn more at fiveyearsout.com.
We Care Solar is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that promotes safe motherhood and reduces maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and medical devices using solar electricity. We Care Solar has equipped 3,500 health centers and emergency response teams in 27 countries with Solar Suitcases, serving 1.8 million mothers and their infants.