Founder, We Care Solar

Dr. Laura Stachel is the Medical Director of We Care Solar, which helps reduce maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and blood bank refrigeration using solar electricity. Dr. Stachel is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and the Associate Director of Emergency Obstetric Research in West Africa for the University of California, Berkeley Bixby Center for Population Health and Sustainability. She is also a co-investigator in a MacArthur Foundation project on We Care Solar Suitcase usage in Nigeria and Uganda. In addition, she was co-investigator for a collaborative Population Council study that assessed the standard of maternity care in Nigerian state hospitals. In 2013, Dr. Stachel was named a CNN “Top 10 Hero” of the year for her work helping healthcare workers safely deliver babies in developing countries. She received a BA from Oberlin College, an MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and an MPH from the University of California, Berkley.