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 education programs that address the root causes of neonatal hypothermia. We believe that every wom...
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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Aug 2, 2013

The Embrace India Team Grows with 4 New Members

Yasin & Sundari at the Raebareli Project
Yasin & Sundari at the Raebareli Project

Dear Embrace supporters,

Thank you for your continued support of our India programs. Since the beginning of 2013 we have expanded to 7 new clinics in northern India. To ensure the continued success of our programs, we have hired 2 new Site Managers and 2 Site Educators who conduct ongoing training, oversee monitoring and evaluation efforts, and provide education on neonatal care to staff and families

The Raebareli project in Uttar Pradesh has seen the most growth in 2013. New Site Manager, Yasin, is doing a fantastic job overseeing the use of Embrace at our numerous partner clinics in the area and developing new partner relations for further expansion. Yasin is originally from the IT field with a degree in Engineering. Before joining Embrace, he worked with Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna (RGMVP) on a health project for UNICEF.

Joining Yasin at the Raebareli project are 2 new Site Educators: Sundari and Firoz. Pervious to her work with Embrace, Sundari worked with RGMVP as a block organization manager to help coordinate local women's self-help groups. Firoz also has 2 years of experience working with self-help groups for RGMVP and has 1 year experience working on a Community Based Health Insurance project under UNICEF.

Priyanka G. has joined Embrace as the Karuna Trust Site Manager and will focus on expanding Embrace's presence in additional clinics throughout the region. She is based at a clinic in Santhemaranahalli, Karnataka, India. Priyanka G has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Krishnateja Pharmacy College, and a Postgraduate diploma in Clinical Research from Syncorps Institute, Bangalore.

Embrace is so grateful to have these new Site Managers and Site Educators on the team. Without their hard work, we would not be able to have such a significant impact on the ground; and without your support, we would not be able to bring these projects to life. Thank you again for helping us make progress towards our ultimate goal: ensuring that every woman and child has an equal chance for a healthy life.

 

With gratitude,

The Embrace Team

Sundari reviewing protocols with clinic staff
Sundari reviewing protocols with clinic staff
Priyanka with an Embrace baby at our SM Halli site
Priyanka with an Embrace baby at our SM Halli site

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