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Solarway, brings light to Ebola’s darkest parts


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The Dubai based solar light company focuses on creating sustainable power solutions for people with limited access to power. 

“More than 90 per cent of the affected areas in West Africa are living without light on a daily basis. Because of the lack of electricity, doctors who are there treating patients often have to rely on dangerous and toxic kerosene lamps once the sun goes down,” reported Solarway. 

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So far, Solarway have provided 5,000 lanterns to Last Mile Health Liberia and 5,000 to Medical Research Centre Sierra Leone. The company is waiting on more lanterns to be delivered.

Marco Signorini, CEO of Solarway, says that the lanterns have provided a safe and effective way to assist medical workers in West Africa.

“Watching the epidemic unfold on the news and seeing how these people could really benefit from our help using solar lights, not only did we want to help, we needed to,” he said.

Solarway’s strong presence on the continent has made it easy for them to quickly reach those in need.

“It’s hard to believe in a country where electricity is minimal, these healthcare workers are trying to save lives almost blind. We have sent out 10,000 of our solar lanterns which give up to 20 hours of light after just one charge.”

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The lanterns also provide those without an electrical outlet the option to charge their mobile phones to assist with communication.

“In times where humans are at breaking point, countries need to stick together to support and aid such epidemics. It is important to do whatever is necessary to support in whichever way possible, Solarway are fortunate to have a product that can literally save lives,” said the company.

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the worst reported case since the disease was discovered 40 years ago.