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
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.
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