India has persistently high rates of infant mortality, and accounts for nearly 30% of all newborn deaths worldwide. More than 300,000 babies die within 24 hours of being born in India each year from preventable causes. In under-resourced settings, hypothermia at birth is one of the most important risk factors for newborn infants. Incubators and radiant warmers are often unsuitable for these settings. There is an incredible need for low-cost, scalable solutions for neonatal hypothermia.
Embrace programs offer a unique blend of innovative technology and education. The Embrace infant warmer is an innovative device that costs less than 1% of a state-of-the-art incubator. It works in areas with intermittent electricity and is portable, safe and intuitive to use. The Embrace program model is designed to empower mothers to care for their at-risk infants with methods such as Kangaroo Care. Embrace addresses an enormous need with a solution to manage and prevent neonatal hypothermia.
Over the next year, Embrace will impact the lives of over 136,000 low birth weight and premature infants through an innovative infant warmer device and comprehensive program model.
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