Embrace

Embrace's mission is to advance maternal and child health by delivering innovative solutions to the world's most vulnerable populations. We catalyze the creation of new products with strong potential to improve health outcomes in developing countries, distribute those products directly to the people who need them most, and integrate them into public health programs to have a deeper and more lasting impact on the communities we serve. Our primary goal is to help save the lives of low birth weight and premature infants by distributing an inexpensive and effective infant warmer in conjunction with educational programs that address the root causes of neonatal hypothermia.
Dec 3, 2013

Embrace expands to two new hospitals in Kabul

New mother with her baby in Embrace
New mother with her baby in Embrace

Dear Embrace supporters,

Firstly, despite the tremendous success we've had in Afghanistan so far, we are sad to announce that this will be our final report for our Embrace Global Giving project "Preventing Newborn Hypothermia in Afghanistan." If you wish to continue receiving updates about Embrace's progress, I encourage you to follow our other Global Giving project "Embrace Infant Warmers Impact Babies' Lives in India," read our blog or sign up for our newsletter. 

As winter is fast approaching in Afghanistan, temperatures are dropping and infants are at a greater risk for hypothermia. With our great success at Rabia Balkhi Hospital in Kabul over the past 7 months, we are thrilled to announce our expansion to two more hospitals in Kabul: Malalai Maternity Hospital and Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital. Both hospitals previously had no functioning incubators, so the introduction of the Embrace infant warmers have been a great help to these high birth facilities. 

In our first month at Malalai and Indira Gandhi Hospitals, the Embrace infant warmer helped nearly 200 low birth weight and premature infants. Our current total for all of Afghanistan includes over 3500 infants helped. We are so thrilled with the progress so far, and fully recognize that we could not achieve such great results without supporters like you.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Nurse with a baby in Embrace
Nurse with a baby in Embrace

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Nov 4, 2013

Embrace is expanding in Karnataka

Nurse Training at PN Halli
Nurse Training at PN Halli

Embrace is thrilled to annouce our expansion in the Indian state of Karnataka. Embrace's first two sites in this region, SM Halli and PN Halli, started in May 2012. They have proven a great success, with Embrace helping nearly 400 infants in these two health care facilities to date. The planned expansion will see Embrace rolled out to an additional eleven health care centers in the region. The eleven health care centers were idenfied and selected due to their higher volumes of births and higher instances of low birth weight and prematurity among neonates. With an expansion to this scale, we plan to impact over 1000 low birth weight and premature infants in Karnataka during 2014. 

The expansion is extra meaningful since Embrace's India roots are firmly planted in Bangalore, the capitol of Karnataka. Embrace first started in Bangalore in 2009 and has since expanded to three other states with the Embrace India team still headquartered in the city. We hope to continue expanding in Karnataka and the rest of India.

Many thanks to all of our supporters! We would not be able to impact as many infants and families as we do, without your continued support.

Infant in Embrace at SM Halli
Infant in Embrace at SM Halli

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Sep 3, 2013

Embrace helps over 2000 infants in Afghanistan

Muzghan
Muzghan's family

Dear Friends,

We are excited to update you on the progress of our programs in Afghanistan. Since our program launch at the Rabia Balkhi Hospital this past Spring, we have impacted the lives of over 2,000 infants. Through our training and education programs, we have helped empower hundreds of families and healthcare practitioners with the tools and knowledge needed to effectively prevent and manage neonatal hypothermia.  

Our Programs Team, in conjunction with our field partner, HEDA, is currently preparing to launch at the second hospital in September, and will be conducting needs assessments, identifying and hiring a local Embrace representative to oversee the program, and leading a training to certify the hospital staff as Embrace-trained representatives. Embrace aims to have programs operating in four hospitals before the fierce Afghan winter sets in.

We’d like to introduce you to Muzghan, the proud mother of a brand new baby girl. Her daughter was born with low birth weight, and was immediately placed in an Embrace infant warmer so that her temperature could be regulated. Muzghan was trained by Meela, our Afghanistan Site Manager, on the dangers of neonatal hypothermia, and how to keep her daughter warm until she was big enough to regulate her own body temperature. Muzghan learned how to perform Kangaroo Care, and how to use the Embrace infant warmer. Muzghan really liked how both Kangaroo Care, and Embrace helped improve the infant's ability to nurse.

We can’t thank you enough for your continued support of our programs in Afghanistan. Help Embrace spread the warmth by sharing our work with your friends and family!

 

With gratitude,

Team Embrace


Muzghan
Muzghan's baby in Embrace

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