An Update from Embrace and Thrive Networks

By August 3, 2016Thrive Health

Dear Friends,

With your help, Embrace has made a significant impact in caring for babies in need since 2011 when we first began distributing infant warmers to local clinics in India. Thanks to your generosity, and through partners such as Embrace Innovations, HEEDA.org and Millennium Promise, over 200,000 low birth weight and premature infants across 20 countries have received better care as a result of the Embrace warmer and our local program staffs who have provided training support, and monitoring of site effectiveness.

Embrace is now completing a district-wide partnership with UNICEF in the impoverished Indian state of Bihar, which will have helped over 1,500 low birth weight and premature infants, 9,000 mothers and 2,500 health care workers. In Uganda, we equipped 9 hospitals, including the country’s largest, Mulago National Referral Hospital, with Embrace warmers and trained over 3,000 mothers and other caregivers in Kangaroo Mother Care, which promotes skin-to-skin contact to improve infant health and promote bonding.

Last July, Embrace merged with Thrive Networks, an international NGO pioneering evidence-based programs and technologies in health, water and sanitation, and education for underserved populations since 1988. Together across Thrive Networks’ Newborn Health Programs, our goal has been to reduce the unacceptably high newborn mortality rates in countries around the world, and we are proud to announce the success of a number of our programs reaching completion in India, Benin, Uganda and the Philippines during the third quarter of 2016.

Thrive Networks is currently working to re-imagine its health programs to best address mothers’ and babies’ needs in the changing health landscape, incorporating its innovative devices and educational programs, including Embrace programs. For example, Thrive Networks’ Newborn Health program is piloting a program in Vietnam for the Bilistick device, an innovative diagnostic tool for neonatal jaundice detection. While Thrive Networks’ current plans do not incorporate the Embrace warmer, which will continue to be manufactured by Phoenix Medical Systems in India and distributed by Phoenix and Embrace Innovations, they do see promise for the warmer as their programs evolve.

Thank you so much for your support over the years of our efforts to improve healthcare in low-resource settings to help vulnerable newborns survive and thrive. We look forward to updating you on our programs as well as the next stages of our journey to improve health for babies and the world’s underserved.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at info@thrivenetworks.org.

With gratitude,

The Embrace Team of Thrive Networks