These clinics treat dysentery/diarrhea, worm infestation, and malaria while also providing much needed maternal and child care.
Often clinics are bamboo or wooden shelters with limited space and medical supplies. Frequently they are without power and have to deliver babies by candle light or treat acute trauma by the light of a kerosene lamp. Given these circumstances, Solbakken is working to provide clinics inside Karen state with solar power.
For a clinic, solar power provides more than just lighting. It allows for vaccination programs, some of which have never been done in the area, with the possibility of refrigeration. It permits backpacking medical teams to recharge battery operated medical equipment and radios. With no quick access to established hospitals, solar power in these remote clinics can be the difference between life and death for many individuals in rural communities.