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...
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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Jun 5, 2013

Embrace Launches New Program at Rabia Balkhi Hospital in Afghanistan

Staff training at Rabia Balkhi Hospital
Staff training at Rabia Balkhi Hospital

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to share the exciting news about the launch of the Embrace program at Rabia Balkhi Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Your generosity and support helped make this possible, thank you!

Our program partners identified a Site Manager, Meela, who helped with implementation and will continue to oversee the success of the program. At Rabia Balkhi Hospital, the Embrace infant warmer is used in the NICU and for transport from the Labor & Delivery ward and the Operating Theatre. Meela has trained doctors, nurses and midwives at the hospital to recognize and treat infant hypothermia, which has resulted in hundreds of babies receiving vital care for hypothermia in the first few months of the program. 

Among those impacted were a set of premature and low birth weight triplets suffering from hypothermia. Their mother, Shamim, and her husband live in a village about an hour outside of Kabul with their eleven other children. The family anxiously awaited the arrival of the three newest members of the family, however when Shamim went into labor she became became very weak and anemic. Fortunately, Shamim able to deliver the babies via C-section at Rabia Balkhi Hospital. All three babies were born premature with low birth weight and were immediately placed in the new Embrace infant warmers. Shamim and her triplets stayed at the hospital for 5 days while the infants stabilized and started to gain weight. Shamim was very grateful that her infants had access to Embrace. She found the infant warmers especially helpful while breastfeeding and performing Kangaroo Care, since she could only manage one baby at a time.

Embrace’s Afghanistan program partners have been working directly with the Ministry of Health to identify three additional expansion sites before the start of the biting Afghan winter. We need your help more than ever. Help us spread the warmth!

Afghan Triplets with their mother
Afghan Triplets with their mother
Afghan Triplets
Afghan Triplets

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May 6, 2013

The Embrace Programs Team travels to Uttar Pradesh, India to launch a new program in Raebareli

Training with Embrace
Training with Embrace

Raebareli District in Uttar Pradesh, India has an estimated infant mortality rate of 61 deaths per 1,000 live births. This is much higher than the national average of 47 deaths per 1,000 live births, and the state of Uttar Pradesh as a whole accounts for close to a quarter of all infant deaths in the country. Reports show that around 64% of these deaths are in neonates up to four weeks of age, indicating a need for increased neonatal health intervention immediately following childbirth.

Our Director of Programs, Jenafir House, along with our India Program Director, Pompa Debroy, and India Program Coordinator, Priyanka Choubey, visited several clinical facilities throughout the Raebareli District in early March. After an initial needs assessment, the Embrace team found a clear need for improved services around hypothermia management in the region due to a lack of human resources, adequate equipment, and current knowledge. Embrace is currently working with the Raebareli District Government to introduce our innovative infant warmer and complementary education program into five Primary Health Centers in the area. This program will allow us to reach at least 1250 infants and families in need within the first year, and the potential to impact even more lives as we work to establish a sustainable program.

Thank you for helping us Spread the Warmth to a new region in India!

Assessing thermometer accuracy
Assessing thermometer accuracy

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