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
Embrace Friends -
Thank you for helping us expand our reach and impact throughout India during 2013. We have seen incredible growth with our programs, both with expansion to new healthcare sites and increases in the total number of infants we are able to serve.With your generous and continued support, Embrace partnered with 53 new healthcare facilities in India during 2013. We established programs at 11 sites in Karnataka, at 11 sites in Uttar Pradesh, and at 31 sites in Rajasthan. We hired 2 new Site Managers and 4 Site Educators to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate training and education at each of our program sites, and to serve as liaisons with the surrounding communities. We employ local teams with deep ties to the communities we serve, who speak the language, know the customs, and understand what it takes to implement each program successfully. Thanks to this incredible programmatic growth, in 2013 Embrace reached over 9,393 low birth weight and premature infants in India. Our dedicated Site Managers and Site Educators provided intensive one-on-one education on hypothermia and newborn health to over 2,653 mothers, family members and health care workers.We have set our sights even higher for 2014. Our goal is to more than double our current number of program sites in India and significantly increase the number of newborn infants helped.With your continued support, we are confident in our ability to reach our ambitious goal in 2014.
The Embrace Team
Embrace is thrilled to annouce our expansion in the Indian state of Karnataka. Embrace's first two sites in this region, SM Halli and PN Halli, started in May 2012. They have proven a great success, with Embrace helping nearly 400 infants in these two health care facilities to date. The planned expansion will see Embrace rolled out to an additional eleven health care centers in the region. The eleven health care centers were idenfied and selected due to their higher volumes of births and higher instances of low birth weight and prematurity among neonates. With an expansion to this scale, we plan to impact over 1000 low birth weight and premature infants in Karnataka during 2014.
The expansion is extra meaningful since Embrace's India roots are firmly planted in Bangalore, the capitol of Karnataka. Embrace first started in Bangalore in 2009 and has since expanded to three other states with the Embrace India team still headquartered in the city. We hope to continue expanding in Karnataka and the rest of India.
Many thanks to all of our supporters! We would not be able to impact as many infants and families as we do, without your continued support.
Dear Embrace supporters,
Thank you for your continued support of our India programs. Since the beginning of 2013 we have expanded to 7 new clinics in northern India. To ensure the continued success of our programs, we have hired 2 new Site Managers and 2 Site Educators who conduct ongoing training, oversee monitoring and evaluation efforts, and provide education on neonatal care to staff and families.
The Raebareli project in Uttar Pradesh has seen the most growth in 2013. New Site Manager, Yasin, is doing a fantastic job overseeing the use of Embrace at our numerous partner clinics in the area and developing new partner relations for further expansion. Yasin is originally from the IT field with a degree in Engineering. Before joining Embrace, he worked with Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna (RGMVP) on a health project for UNICEF.
Joining Yasin at the Raebareli project are 2 new Site Educators: Sundari and Firoz. Pervious to her work with Embrace, Sundari worked with RGMVP as a block organization manager to help coordinate local women's self-help groups. Firoz also has 2 years of experience working with self-help groups for RGMVP and has 1 year experience working on a Community Based Health Insurance project under UNICEF.
Priyanka G. has joined Embrace as the Karuna Trust Site Manager and will focus on expanding Embrace's presence in additional clinics throughout the region. She is based at a clinic in Santhemaranahalli, Karnataka, India. Priyanka G has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Krishnateja Pharmacy College, and a Postgraduate diploma in Clinical Research from Syncorps Institute, Bangalore.
Embrace is so grateful to have these new Site Managers and Site Educators on the team. Without their hard work, we would not be able to have such a significant impact on the ground; and without your support, we would not be able to bring these projects to life. 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.
Raebareli District in Uttar Pradesh, India has an estimated infant mortality rate of 61 deaths per 1,000 live births. This is much higher than the national average of 47 deaths per 1,000 live births, and the state of Uttar Pradesh as a whole accounts for close to a quarter of all infant deaths in the country. Reports show that around 64% of these deaths are in neonates up to four weeks of age, indicating a need for increased neonatal health intervention immediately following childbirth.
Our Director of Programs, Jenafir House, along with our India Program Director, Pompa Debroy, and India Program Coordinator, Priyanka Choubey, visited several clinical facilities throughout the Raebareli District in early March. After an initial needs assessment, the Embrace team found a clear need for improved services around hypothermia management in the region due to a lack of human resources, adequate equipment, and current knowledge. Embrace is currently working with the Raebareli District Government to introduce our innovative infant warmer and complementary education program into five Primary Health Centers in the area. This program will allow us to reach at least 1250 infants and families in need within the first year, and the potential to impact even more lives as we work to establish a sustainable program.
Thank you for helping us Spread the Warmth to a new region in India!
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