Dear friends of Embrace,
Thank you for your strong support during the 2014 holiday season! We successfuly reached our 2014 goals of helping over 150,000 low birth weight and premature infants, educating over 11,000 mothers and caregivers, and training nearly 5,000 health care workers on how to recognize, treat and prevent neonatal hypothermia.
Our program in Raebareli has grown tremendously over the past two years. The dedicated work of our local team has helped establish the Embrace program firmly into the Raebareli District communities. Below is a story that highlights the importance of our work in these rural Indian communities:
Kiran lives in a small village in the northern India district of Raebareli. When she experienced complications during labor, her family used the little money they had to hire a private car to race her to the local health center. The hour-long drive was exhausting, and by the time she arrived at the clinic, the nurses feared that her baby had already died.When Kiran finally delivered her baby boy, he refused to nurse or even open his eyes. He was hypothermic and in need of warmth. The clinic didn’t own an incubator, but it did have Embrace warmers and a trained staff that immediately placed her son in a warmer. His temperature stabilized and, after several hours, he opened his eyes and saw his mother’s face for the first time. Today he is a healthy, happy 3-month old.
Thank you again for helping us make progress towards our ultimate goal: ensuring that every woman and child has an equal chance for a healthy life.
The Embrace Team
Hello Embrace friends!
Embrace has made incredible progress over the past few months. In September 2014 Embrace's creative partner, Advocate Creative, traveled to our sites in Raebareli, India to capture beautiful and compelling photos of programs in action. In November 2014 Embrace started a program in Gaya District of Bihar in partnership with UNICEF.
With more than 100 million people, Bihar is India’s third most populous state. More than 40% of the populations lives below the poverty line, mainly in rural areas with inadequate access to health, education, and other services.
Embrace completed site assessments of all major government health delivery centers in Gaya district in September 2014 and determined that there is currently a dearth in adequate number of warming devices available as compared to the high delivery volumes in these facilities. There is also widespread misunderstanding and lack of awareness of hypothermia and its impact on infants.
Embrace is partnering with the UNICEF Office for Bihar to improve neonatal hypothermia management in Gaya district. UNICEF has worked in Bihar for the past 30 years and is dedicated to improving gaps in infant survival rates Over a 15-month period, we will implement the Embrace program in 24 Primary Health Centers and 2 District Hospitals in Gaya district. We will improve care for 4,500 infants, educate 3,000 mothers and caregivers, and train 2,288 health care workers.
Thank you again for your generous support!
The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India, about her recent visit to Embrace.
I had never even heard of the town of Raebareli until I had a visit scheduled to meet them. As we got into Raebareli we passed fields and fields of wheat as we moved into even more remote parts of Raebareli. The Embrace staff were lovely as they took me around to meet some of the families and their newborns who were either in the warmers of in the kangaroo method of providing body heat, where the kids are held up against a parents chest. The staff explained that often these kids are born underweight due to poor diet and therefore need that extra support when kids are born. Parents especially have poor understanding of how to take care of such delicate newborns and therefore education is also necessary in additional to natal care. I visited 3 different hospitals and each of the hospital management were very happy to have the infant warmers in their hospitals. They all spoke about the capacity challenges of being a remote rural hospital which lacks the sophistication of hospital incubators. These warmers are a low cost alternative for them, which is are not only easy for their staff to use but also appropriate given the power shortages in India. All of the staff members that use it gave me a demo and spoke about the effectiveness and easy of use of the devices. What a great example of innovation in healthcare.
Embrace Friends --
We have had an exciting first couple of months in 2014! Many of our program sites in India have seen an increase in the number of infants using the Embrace infant warmer, as well as an increase in side-by-side education sessions for mothers on how to practice Kangaroo Mother Care (skin-to-skin contact between a mother and baby to manage hypothermia) to keep their infants warm at home. With this positive feedback from the local communities, we are currently strategizing our expansion to additional clinics and hospital in new districts with great need. This careful planning will help us reach our goal of nearly doubling our number of program sites in India by the end of 2014.
The Embrace India team had a wonderful visit recently from Neha, a Global Giving team member. Neha traveled to the Raebareli District in Uttar Pradesh where she visited a few of the Embrace program sites with guidance from the Embrace Raebareli Site Coordinator, Yasin, and Raebareli Site Educators, Sundari, Firoj, Preeti, and Shilpy. Neha had the opportunity to speak with the health care facility staff and local families, and she had to opportunity to see an infant be placed in an Embrace infant warmer at Khiro Community Health Clinic. By the end of her visit, Neha remarked at how happy she was to see such easy-to-use equipment functioning in these government health care facilities.
With your support, we can continue to help impact the lives of mothers and infants most in need.
The Embrace team
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