HEATING TOUCH: Around 8 million low birth weight babies are born in India each year. About 1.2 million of them die, many because of lack of access to a simple resource—heat. It’s this problem that Bangalore-based Embrace addresses. Started by four Stanford students—Jane Chen (in pic), Rahul Panicker, Naganand Murty and Linus Liang—the enterprise produces lightweight, portable Thermpod that performs the same function as a traditional incubator, albeit at 1% of the cost and a fraction of the power. “It was essential to create a product that did not depend on uninterrupted electricity and was not intimidating,” says Panicker, who saw too many donated incubators lying unused in hospitals for lack of technical know-how. Despite its size, Embrace is one giant step for the little ones !
|WARM-UP EXERCISE: Rahul Panicker and Naganand Murty with the low-cost incubator|