I am excited to announce that Embrace has taken a huge step forward in its commitment to advancing maternal and child health around the world. Embrace has joined Thrive Networks, an innovative network of nonprofit programs committed to social change. Together we want to dramatically reduce the unacceptably high newborn mortality rates in countries around the world.
Both Embrace and Thrive Networks believe in integrating technology with training and education to support health workers and families in low-resource settings.
By joining together, we can accomplish far more than either of us could on our own. Specifically, Embrace's infant warmer and training programs will be integrated into Thrive Networks' full suite of health solutions to treat a wide variety of life-threatening conditions.
The Embrace India Program continues, and we look forward to sharing our progress with you over the coming months. Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Alejandra VillalobosExecutive Director
We are working to replicate the Embrace program model on a much bigger scale in India. India has the highest number of newborn deaths in the world— nearly 780,000 infants under 28 days old die every year, with many deaths happening within 24 hours of birth.
In 2014, we completed our first district-wide program in Raebareli, a remote rural district located in eastern Uttar Pradesh. In partnership with the nonprofit Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana and the Raebareli District Government, we expanded to serve all 13 Community Health Centers and the one hospital in the district, reaching over 2,300 health care workers and 5,700 families.
Last year, Embrace laid the groundwork for a district-wide partnership in the impoverished state of Bihar in collaboration with UNICEF. With support from the Jiv Daya Foundation, we also refined the Embrace program at a large government hospital in the state of Maharashtra. One doctor at the hospital recently noted:
“We have seen the impact of Embrace warmers as we transport newborns from the labor room to the neonatal care unit. Earlier, we did not have any other feasible option than wrapping the baby in cloth. Now, after observing the impact and utility of warmers during transportation, we have started using Embrace for low birth weight and preterm newborns for longer periods of time to maintain the warm chain for newborns during their hospital stay. We have observed that there is significant reduction in hypothermia and carrying babies from one place to another has become very safe and easy.”
The GlobalGiving community’s support allows us to keep increasing our efforts, expanding our reach, and refining our program model. As we transition into our next phase of growth, we hope that you are inspired to continue collaborating with Embrace to help many more newborns survive and thrive. Questions? Please contact us at email@example.com.
The Embrace Team
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.
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.
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