Embrace (non-profit)

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Non-profit organization
Industry Health Care
Founded 2008
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Key people
Website www.embraceglobal.org

Embrace is a non profit organization providing low-cost incubators to prevent neonatal deaths in rural areas in developing countries.[1] The organization was developed in 2008 during the multidisciplinary Entrepreneurial Design For Extreme Affordability course at Stanford University by group members Jane Chen, Linus Liang, Rahul Panicker, Razmig Hovaghimian, and Naganand Murty.[2][3]

In 2015 Embrace became part of Thrive Networks (also called East Meets West) which is a non-governmental organization founded in 1988 by Le Ly Hayslip.[4] Thrive Networks focuses on areas such as health, water, sanitation, and education in various countries throughout the world.


The Embrace infant warmer is a low-cost solution that maintains premature and low-birth-weight babies’ body temperature, that would give premature infants a better chance at survival. A baby born two weeks premature lacks the ability to regulate its own body temperature. The child will likely die if not transferred to an incubator within an hour. With the Embrace Warmer, which is a specially designed polymer blanket, that vital time span becomes 4 hours.[5] The infant warmer is portable, safe, reusable, and requires only intermittent access to electricity.[6] Each baby warmer is priced at approximately $25.[7][8] The Embrace development team won the fellowship at the Echoing Green competition in 2008 for this concept.[9][10] Embrace also won the 2007-2008 Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students Social E-Challenge competition grand prize.[citation needed] At a ceremony at BAFTA in London on December 3rd 2013 Jane Chen, Linus Liang, Naganand Murty and Rahul Panicker won an innovation award from the Economist.[11] Embrace also partners with UniversalGiving to raise fund for its project, which is to provide the Embrace infant warmers in Kabul, Afghanistan.


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  2. ^ "Big Ideas, little packages". National Geographic. 
  3. ^ Lee, Ellen (2010-11-12). "Embrace may keep babies warm - and alive". SFGate. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "History | Thrive Networks". Thrive Networks. Retrieved 2016-07-13. 
  5. ^ Editors, Big Think (Over a year ago). "A Place Where Makers Can Pursue Their Dreams, with TechShop's Mark Hatch". Big Think. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  6. ^ Sibley, Lisa (2008-04-18). "Stanford startup's $25 'sleeping bag' could save newborns". Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  7. ^ Kannani, Rahim (2010-05-26). "Investing in Women and Girls: A Focus on Health, Advocacy and Innovation". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Moore, Thomas. "Low tech body warmer is a baby life saver". Sky News. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "ThinkChange India: Extreme Affordability". 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  10. ^ "Jane Chen and Rahul Panicker". Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  11. ^ "Technology Quarterly Q4 2013: And the winners are". The Economist. 2013-11-30. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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