Maria's picture
Helping offgrid health clinics in need of sterilized medical instruments

The Challenge: 

The Question: 

How can we help offgrid health clinics in need of sterilized medical instruments?

The Problem: 

Can we utilize local supply chains to create a solar solution to provide the high pressure steam needed for sterilization?

The Solution: 

Efficient and easy to use/construct, modify, and transparent to use-sustainable device that delivers technology to rural clinics worldwide.


I came across and interesting article thought I would share. Rural clinics in Nicaragua, as well as many other countries often lack a constant supply of electricity required for sterilization. Students designed a solar powered device, called Solarclave to combat this issue and promote healthy practices in rural medicine. Using local supplies that can be replaced and repaired by the user and enable heat to be generated well over the required minimum for sterilzaition. Without electricity- The solution: use the sun and creating an efficient and intuitive solar powered device.

Read the full article and watch the video:





Alberto's picture

Anna Young is MIT D-Lab. I tried to find a page for the organisation pushing Solarclave, but it's kind of elusive. Officially it's Mujeres Solares de Totogalpa, in Nicaragua (now a cooperative) but their website does not mention Solarclave at all. Should we try to find these people?