GE Healthcare-Embrace to Distribute Infant Warmers in Rural India

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  December 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM Medical Gadgets
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To help improve infant care in rural areas, global medical equipment manufacturer GE Healthcare announced that in partnership with the US based NGO Embrace, it would distribute low-cost infant warmers in rural India from March 2011. This infant warmer was founded by a team of engineers and business graduates from Stanford and Harvard Universities. It is priced about $200 i.e. about 1% of conventional incubators which may cost up to $20,000. It can work on batteries also.
 GE Healthcare-Embrace to Distribute Infant Warmers in Rural India
GE Healthcare-Embrace to Distribute Infant Warmers in Rural India

The warmer is in the form of a miniature sleeping bag that uses a removable wax insert, which can be heated safely using hot water. For rural clinics, the team has designed another model that will use an electric heating apparatus instead of water to warm the wax. This product is easy to sanitize and can be heated over and over again. Once the hot wax insert is kept inside the sleeping bag, it can maintain a consistent 98 degrees for 4-6 hours, keeping the infants warm for hours and also help protect them from hypothermia (a reduction in core body temperature below 95 degree Fahrenheit or 35 degree Celsius). In developing countries like India about 20 million low birth weight babies are born each year. Due to insufficient fat beneath their skin they are prone to hypothermia

In alignment with the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals, by 2015 GE is focusing to reduce the under-5 mortality rate by two-thirds. "As a sleeping bag, the warmer swaddles the baby with a wax pouch in an adjacent compartment that is heated via an electrical heater. As we are focused on the healthy-imagination tenets of reducing cost while improving quality and access through local solutions, the partnership with Embrace offers us an opportunity to provide maternal-infant care to check infant mortality," GE Healthcare vice-president Mike Barber said.

Source: Medindia

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Dear GE and Embrance, No doubt this is indeed a great benifit to the rural India infant but in India rural means only the areas surrounding metros and in big sities and where the big celebrities can go and distribute the same what about the borders areas and north east where thousend and thousend of child are also in need,see the border of india Bhutan where the poverty and needy child are like any thing its unspeakable


Dear Rambhai, This is for every one, at the most affordable possible rates. There is no specific geographic boundaries. In fact, we are working with Government of Bihar, providing low cost warmers and other life saving systems. We are working in extremely rural and tribal areas with population of less than 5000 people in India and Bangladesh. We will be pleased to look at the area you are suggesting as well. Do write to me with your suggestions to Manoj Menon, GE Healthcare, India.

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