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 14, 2012

From the Field - Visiting Kirthi

Kirthi is a beautiful young mother who lives in a village in south India. Her husband is a day laborer, who makes about $1 a day. The couple lives in a small house, where 12 other family members also reside. Several years ago, Kirthi gave birth to her first child. About a month and a half after bringing her newborn home, she noticed the baby wasn’t gaining weight. Kirthi finally decided to take her to the nearest clinic to see a doctor, but it was too late. The baby died shortly after they reached the clinic.

As Kirthi recounted her story, tears filled her eyes as she told us she still thinks about her baby every single day. About 5 months ago, Kirthi gave birth to her second child, a low birth weight infant weighing 3.7 pounds. The baby was kept in the Embrace Nest infant warmer for about a week.

We visited Kirthi recently, and her baby was doing very well; she had gained a significant amount of weight, and was a small bundle of joy. The family had nicknamed her “Chinnu,” before the official naming ceremony was to take place. Kirthi and her husband truly attributed the health of the baby to Embrace, and had gone back to the village and told their family members and neighbors about the product. Even Kirthi’s 100 year old grandmother knew about Embrace, and broke into a small dance of joy during our visit. It is a wonderful feeling to witness how our product is touching lives like these.

Please help us continue to spread the warmth. 

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Jun 7, 2012

Spreading the Warmth!

A mother bonding with her newborn infant
A mother bonding with her newborn infant

Dear Friends, 


With your amazing support and generosity, we have made great headway in our work over the past few months. We are thrilled to update you not only about our impact in India, but also across the globe. 


In an effort to meet the demand all over the world, we are in the process of scaling up our global distribution and refining our program model. To this end, we have pilots being developed and implemented in India, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Uganda, Zambia, and Vietnam, with the potential to distribute enough infant warmers that will impact the lives of between 10,800 and 15,000 low birth-weight and premature infants.


Currently, we are working with seven organizations in India that are committed to serving vulnerable populations. One of our newest partnerships is with Snehalaya Hospital, in Karnataka, India.  Led by Sister Gladys and her team of health care workers, the Snehalaya Hospital caters to under served peoples up to 60 kilometers away, and provides care at minimal cost to patients.

In March alone, the hospital delivered 260 babies- all supervised by one physician. Oftentimes, due to the high volume of patients, several babies share an incubator or radiant warmer, which endangers the infants by increasing the chance of cross-infection. Also, there is no electrical current in the hospital on Tuesdays, and the few incubators and radiant warmers that are available, are very costly to operate with a generator.


Despite the lack of resources, the hospital works tirelessly to provide the best care possible to its patients. To ensure that every child has clean clothes, the hospital provides each newborn a new sweater, hat, and blanket knitted by the Embroidery Unit in the hospital. The hospital also has provisions for every newborn to be placed in a crib alongside the mother. Now that the hospital is equipped with Embrace infant warmers, these tiny babies can receive the thermal support necessary for their survival, and remain in close contact with their mothers. 


Other exciting news: GlobalGiving is hosting a Bonus Day on Wednesday, June 13, where they are offering $75,000 in matching funds.  For every donation that Embrace receives that day, GlobalGiving will match it by 50%. Please help us take advantage of this opportunity! 

We hope you continue to be a part of our mission; these babies will hopefully be able to thank you themselves one day!

With gratitude, 

Team Embrace 

Snehalaya Hospital
Snehalaya Hospital
Mar 9, 2012

Embrace: Helping Babies In Three Countries

China Program - Baby Long, 930 grams at birth
China Program - Baby Long, 930 grams at birth

Dear Supporters,

We are very excited to share that we have helped our first baby in China!

Baby Long, weighing 2 pounds, was in need of thermal support to survive.  He was brought to a local orphanage in central China (Henan Province), where he was placed in the Embrace Infant Warmer. He is now stable and doing well. We received a message of gratitude and urgency for more warmers from our partner in China.

“Team Embrace….We got a call from another orphanage in Inner Mongolia province. They have a little girl about 3.9 pounds who is in need of warmth.  You can see that we will have no trouble keeping these warmers busy! Many thanks for all you’ve done!!!”

 Serena, Little Flower Projects

Baby Long is our first of many Embrace Babies we hope to help in China! Embrace is also now in Somalia and India.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Team Embrace

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