We often do not think about what we cannot see, but in some cases we do not think about what we can see, and more importantly WHY we can see – power.
It is no secret that the world is unequal. Most people are aware of at least some of these inequalities; for instance, almost everyone knows that the global burden of disease falls harder in Sub-Saharan Africa than Western Europe. Some inequalities, however, are less obvious and less discussed. Access to power is trivial in most developed countries, yet remains a major barrier to development in many impoverished nations.
According to ONE.org, 7 out of 10 people living in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. Furthermore, 30% of health centers and schools function without electricity, making the barrier to effective health and education delivery even stronger. This was consistent with our findings from a needs survey of different providers around the world. Many rural clinics or hospitals reported functioning with either inconsistent or no power. This was our motivation for finding and joining forces with the newest partner of the Maternova team: Goal Zero.
Through Goal Zero, we are now offering portable power and lighting devices. This includes hand-crank lighting devices and a solar-powered recharging device. With these tools, we ensure that USB rechargeable medical devices, including the CRADLE Vital Signs Alert by Microlife, can always be ready for use, despite fluctuating or unavailable grid power. This could make all the difference in a critical moment.
We are thrilled with our partnership with Goal Zero and cannot wait to see what unfolds.
For more information on inequality in access to energy, see the page on ONE.org: https://www.one.org/us/issues/energy/