A new lease of life: How Bempu’s innovative wristband is saving thousands of babies
Thursday, January 17, 2019
By Anu Thomas
India may have crossed many milestones on its way to arresting infant mortality rates, but there is still a long way to go. While the reasons may be many and varied, neonatal hypothermia is known to affect about one-third of children in India.
“Children born with low birth weight – those under 2.5 kg – have too much skin and too little fat to effectively keep heat within the body,” says Ratul Narain, co-founder of healthcare-focussed social enterprise, Bempu. “So they spend a lot ofcalories just keeping their body temperature up, thereby not gaining weight and becoming susceptible to infection,” he adds.
His five-year-old company – aided by a string of grants from the US – has developed a unique solution to this prevailing problem – a simple bracelet.
Photo courtesy of Pepe Pont.