Every year, 20 million premature and low-birth-weight infants are born. Eighty percent of these babies are born in developing countries, and more than 3.5 million of them die before they reach their first birthdays. Those who survive are more often than not left with a lifelong set of health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and low IQ. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of these babies and their families, the traditional incubators that would be necessary to keep these infants alive and healthy cost thousands of dollars these same families lack. Fortunately, with Embrace — the $25 incubator — this no longer needs to be the case.
Intuitive to use, and easily transportable, the Embrace design uses hot water, a thermal strip, and phase change material to keep a specially designed sleeping bag at a constant 37 degrees Celsius for up to four hours. This simple device addresses the issue that traditional incubators primarily focus on — keeping newborns warm at a constant temperature.
Why am I telling you all this? Other than the fact that it is an scalable and sustainable venture with an admirable vision, it is also one of this year’s Top 25 American Express Members projects. Essentially, what American Express has done is to create a program which allows its cardmembers to decide where funds should be distributed. The top project receives $1.5 million in funding towards their vision.
If you are an American Express cardholder, please go here to vote for the project that you are most passionate about. Perhaps it will be this amazing $25 incubator, or it may be the vision that seeks to light the way for Africa, or fund literacy. Regardless, I highly encourage you to learn more about Embrace and this group’s amazing vision.