Vice President Boakai Meets WE CARE Delegation

Thursday, 17th March 2011

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai on Thursday received in audience a delegation from the United States based Women’s Emergency Communications And Reliable Electricity (WE CARE), a group dedicated to helping to save the lives of mothers and infants in developing countries.

The Women’s Emergency Communication and Reliable Electricity (WE CARE) does this by designing highly efficient renewable energy systems for lighting mobile communication and essential medical devices for obstetric health care facilities.

Receiving the delegation, Vice President Boakai expressed gratitude to WE CARE for choosing to intervene in Liberia.

He expressed optimism that the effort would help the country meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He added that it would go a long way in helping hospitals to operate effectively in a country where electricity is still considered a luxury.
 
“We appreciate this kind support. We need them so much and pledge to do whatever we can to ensure that this technology is taken to all parts of the country,” Vice President Boakai said.

He said Liberia is just emerging from a difficult war that robbed it of trained manpower and infrastructure, including the multi-million Mount Cuffee Hydro Plant that supplied electricity to Monrovia and parts of the country. “Power is critical to the development of any country,” he added..

Briefing the Vice President earlier, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of WE CARE SOLAR, Dr. Laura Stachel, said they were in the country to partner with the government to help lower the maternal and infant mortality and morbidity rates.

She said the solar suitcase light has a life-span of 20 years. She said her organization is currently operating in 14 countries, including Nigeria and Haiti, but assured that Liberia would become the focus of their operations.

She said during their two-week stay in the country, they will visit Bong and Lofa Counties, where the WE CARE technology will be introduced. 

“Our portable solar electric kits facilitate timely and appropriate emergency care, reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in low-resource regions without reliable electricity,” Dr. Stachel said.   “Mothers and infants with birth complications can be saved when emergency obstetric care is administered in a timely manner,” she added.

In remarks, the Director of the Liberia Biomedical Research Institute,. Dr. Fatorma K. Bolay, who accompanied the WE CARE SOLAR delegation to the Vice President’s office, said the delegation was in the country upon the invitation of the Liberia Biomedical Research Institute.