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...
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

Dec 16, 2011

Making an Impact on Tiny Lives!

Halima and Baby
Halima and Baby

Dear Global Giving Supporters –

2011 has been an extremely exciting year for Embrace! Thanks to all our supporters, we reached our largest milestone this year: we've helped over 300 babies with the Embrace Infant Warmer! We greatly appreciate your continued support to help us impact the lives of the 20 million vulnerable infants born every year.

We hope you enjoy reading our most recent stories from Embrace's First Disaster Relief Program Partner:

 Partnership with the American Refugee Committee, Somalia

ARC is an international NGO providing humanitarian assistance in calamitous conditions related to health and famine. ARC partners with a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia called Banadir Hospital. Banadir Hospital was founded in 1977 and specializes in pediatric and reproductive healthcare; they are well-known for their child immunization efforts and extensive training programs for refugee populations.

The hospital has recently become overwhelmed with hundreds of families struck by the dire circumstances in Somalia. It has experienced an influx of patients suffering from diseases such as cholera, malaria, and meningitis and is looking to ARC for support and supplies. Embrace provided an infant warmer to ARC in the fall of 2011, which Banadir Hospital has been using to help these desperate families.

Halima and Baby Ali

Halima, displaced from her town in Somalia, was found pregnant near Afgooye Corridor, a town about 30 kms from Mogadishu.  She was admitted to the Banadir Hospital Maternity Ward and delivered a baby boy, Ali Abubakar, shortly after. Baby Ali was born underweight at 4.4 pounds and suffered from infections and hypothermia. Doctors placed him in the Embrace Infant Warmer, with positive results – Ali quickly gained weight and was able to maintain a normal body temperature. Halima is breastfeeding her son in this photo and is thankful for her son’s increased appetite.

Abdulle and Baby Abdullah

27 year-old Abdulle Mohamed is holding her fourth child, Abdullah Ali Mohamed, in the pediatric ward of Banadir Hospital. Abdulle was battling measles when she delivered her son prematurely at 8 months. Abdullah was born weighing 1.8 pounds and was placed in an Embrace Infant Warmer, which helped him maintain his body temperature and gain weight.

Thank you so much for your support.

Wishing you joy and health this Holiday Season!

Team Embrace

PS. Tune into ABC 20/20 Friday December 16th at 7pm PST to watch Embrace

 Last December, Embrace was featured in a special edition ABC 20/20 Be The Change: Save a Life. Tune in again this Friday at 7PM PST, December 16th for ABC 20/20's follow up and learn more about the tremendous progress we have made in 2011 and our goals for 2012 

Abdulle and Baby
Abdulle and Baby

Links:

donate now:

Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $25
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $200
    give
  • $5,000
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $25
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $200
    each month
    give
  • $5,000
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of Embrace

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about Embrace on GreatNonProfits.org.