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, 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.
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!
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
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