Friday, January 01, 2010
Embracing and saving newborn lives in Kayole and around the world
Happy New Year to you all and what a fabulous idea already virally hitting the internet!
Resembling a baby-sized sleeping bag, crucially, the "Embrace" includes a warming device that can be removed and heated in a pan of water over a wood fire in only a few minutes. Once charged, the device "will keep the baby at a constant 37C (98F) for more than four hours".
Incredibly the product isn't even readily available yet but the word is out. Roll out will begin in Indian communities, but we'd like to purchase a number of these low cost devices that WILL help to save the lives of premature and underweight babies born in the area served by the ArrowWeb Hospital, a community hospital in the Kayole-Soweto region of the Nairobi slums. Providing in and outpatient care, laboratory services and an urgent-care centre to more than 34,000 patients, approx. 250 a week, with very little funding, ArrowWeb has a dire need for incubators. Albeit very necessary these life-saving devices are also very expensive and hard to transport safely, even when offered freely by organisations such as AID 2 Hospitals Worldwide. We are raising funds to purchase a supply of the "groundbreaking, inexpensive solution", designed by students at Stanford University, US.
Donating through our JustGiving site is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to us with Gift Aid on top (of every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer).
Please dig deep and help save some precious lives. Just click the widget below: