A mother bonding with her newborn infant
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!