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...
Sep 26, 2011

Embrace: Fit for Royalty and a Mother.

Mother and Baby Bonding
Mother and Baby Bonding

Dear Friends,

First off, we wanted to share some very exciting news! Your continued support has allowed Embrace to win the INDEX: Design to Improve Life 2011 People’s Choice Award.  Set in front of Denmark’s Crown Prince and Princess, the award ceremony recognized organizations that apply design thinking to target an important social problem, and truly make a difference in people’s lives. We received more than 20,000 votes worldwide to win the People’s Choice Award. We are very humbled by this achievement, and we hope that our product will continue to make an impact in saving lives as we work to expand our programs. You can check out the Embrace showcase in the INDEX: Award Exhibition as it makes its way through six cities in Asia and Europe, commencing in 2013.

We also wanted to share a touching story from the field with you – an example of how our product is making an impact in lives on a daily basis. This story took place in SVYM, a rural hospital that provides low cost medical services to tribal communities and the poor. In August, Shilpa, an 18 year old woman, was rushed to the emergency room to give birth to a baby girl. At 8 ½ months, the baby weighed 2 kilograms. After the baby was examined by the doctor, she was put in an Embrace Infant Warmer to provide much needed thermal support (the mother was too weak to provide any skin to skin support), and was reunited with her mother. Shilpa and her daughter were released from the hospital after the baby gained some weight, and both mom and baby are doing well. 

Cases like this are a reminder that the Embrace warmer is needed in dire situations throughout the globe. We appreciate your continued support to help make an impact for families like Shilpa’s – thanks so much for your generosity. Together, we can make a difference!

Please note that on October 19th, GlobalGiving is hosting another Bonus Day where they are offering $100,000 in matching funds. For every donation Embrace receives on that day, GlobalGiving will match it by 30%. This is the last bonus day of the year. Please help us take advantage of this opportunity!

Warm regards,

Team Embrace

Baby in Embrace Infant Warmer
Baby in Embrace Infant Warmer
Jun 9, 2011

Greetings and News from India and Team Embrace!

Dear Friends,

Greetings from India!

We would like to share the story of baby Ayesha with you. Ayesha is a beautiful baby girl who weighed only 1100 grams at birth. Her father is a carpenter and her mother, a day laborer. The couple had lost their first two babies right after birth due to lack of proper medical care. Because the closest new-born-care facility was a 4-hour walk away from their village, they saved every penny they had so that their third child could be born in a city hospital.

Ayesha had a very low chance of survival and was kept in an incubator under constant observation for 10 days. However, as her parent's savings ran out, it was not possible to extend the stay of their baby in the NICU. It was at that point that the baby was placed in the Embrace Infant Warmer for thermal support for about 20 days. Her mother also performed a 2-hour Kangaroo Mother Care session intervals to bond with her baby. After about a month, baby Ayesha went home with Mum and Dad who reported that she had put on weight, was feeding better and sleeping quite well. We look forward to hearing about Ayesha's childhood!

Stories such as these keep us committed on the path to make this device available to all those who need it around the world. We would like to update you on our latest accomplishments:

We have recently kicked off our market pilot in Karnataka, India where we have distributed our product to a few facilities and are awaiting feedback. This is a very small and tightly controlled pilot launch that will provide us with some useful insight as we prepare for our large-scale official launch, which we have decided to push back by a couple of months. We will surely keep you updated with our progress!

We have set up a stringent Quality Management System (QMS) for our product. The QMS guarantees the highest standard of product quality and it will permeate through all our product processes. The implementation of this system has taken some time, but it will help to ensure our product's safety and effectiveness. This has been an important step as we prepare for our large-scale official launch.

The second phase of our clinical study continues to go extremely well. We've enrolled 60 infants across 4 hospitals in Bangalore who have benefited from the warmth of our product. Embrace aims to enroll a total of 160 babies in our study.

In addition, we continue to do rigorous product development and research on the rural@home version of our product, expected to launch in November 2011. Our latest activities include ensuring that the electronics design and development are compliant to regulatory standards and guidelines, as well as the initiation of mechanical detailing and design of the first alpha prototypes. This version of the product will allow Embrace to make a significant impact in the most rural areas of India and later, globally.

These activities are possible because of your on-going support. Thank you so much for your generosity and for ensuring that babies like Ayesha have a chance for a healthy life.

Regards,

Team Embrace.

Mar 9, 2011

Thanking Our Donors and Update On Our Work

Clinical study baby doing well in our warmer
Clinical study baby doing well in our warmer

Dear Friends,

The Embrace team would like to sincerely thank you for your generosity and good will in assisting our cause.  Our work would not be possible without donors like you.   

We are on the verge of completing our mission, as we continue to make great progress on the launch of our product.  We expect that by May 2011, our product will be ready and making some progress in our mission to save babies in India, and soon across the world.

We’ve successfully completed the first phase of our clinical study, and are now conducting the second phase in 3 hospitals in Bangalore, India. The study is proving successful with the 11 infants enrolled. The Embrace Infant Warmer is functioning as expected, providing a warm and stable environment for these tiny babies.

We continue to get request for the Embrace Infant Warmer from all around the world. We received this note from Haiti just last week.

“I am a NICU, Neonatal Nurse and have been volunteering in Haiti for the past year.  I work at an orphanage that runs a mini NICU.  They provide such great care that most hospitals in the surrounding area send their sick babies to be cared for here. However, transporting preemies in Haiti and keeping them warm at the same time is challenging. Just last week, we received a one pound, ten oz. baby who was just 16 days old.  The two hour car ride proved almost fatal to the fragile baby.  Upon arrival, the child was extremely hypothermic, and due to cold stress his blood sugar levels plummeted extremely low.  We managed to stabilize the baby. This is not the first or the last time that an infant will have to travel for such a long period of time to get care in Haiti, and unfortunately, face the same conditions. We need your product desperately, and look forward to using it in our clinic soon.”

Stories like this one fuel our desire and need to get this product to those that need it most. We are working very hard; making final details for our launch, building partnerships with NGOs and distribution experts to get this product to the mothers and babies that need it most as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Team Embrace.

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