On March 30th, 2013 one of our most anticipated projects was launched. After many months of planning and preparation the first batch of our highly anticipated Embrace Nests that we had introduced in a prior post last november (click here to view) arrived into Kabul and started our inaugural program at Rabia Balkhi hospital (RBH).
The initial batch of BabyWraps, WarmPaks, and AccuTemp heaters will be used around the clock at the neonatal wards of one of Kabul's busiest maternity centers to provide much needed artificial heat to newborns in need. A well known fact is that Afghanistan has some of the worst infant mortality numbers in the world, with premature births very common and hypothermia a common contributor to the grim data. Tools to combat hypothermia, such as expensive incubators that cost even more to maintain, are rare but often non-existent. Our hope is that the Embrace Nest will prove effective as an alternative, with a potential for having significant impact.
The management staff at RBH familiarize themselves with the Embrace Nest.
March 30, 2013
After this initial launch, the program will be expanded to 3 other public hospitals where the need is greatest with a potential for further expansion beyond the urban center--security permitting. Once the units are integrated with the flow of the hospital, we will provide more frequent updates, and hopefully some outcome data.
Ms. Meela Sarwar (left), a nurse by training will be supporting us as the Site Manager at RBH
March 30, 2013