Expanding the Scope of Light the Night
In addition to scaling up the project, I am currently seeking to diversify it's effects. In particular, one area of concern in rural health systems, particularly in terms of obstetric care, is the quality of continuing medical education provided to health care providers. Quite frequently, there is little to no education provided to rural workers after their initial training, given the distances and costs of travel to locations where training is conducted. To fill this gap, we are considering installing low-power computers in conjunction with Solar Suitcases that can be connected to a central database with digitized versions of local continuing medical education materials (written and video). This will allow rural health center workers to participate in training regardless of their ability to reach the training location, thereby improving quality of care, and hopefully, staff job satisfaction.