A new lease of life: How Bempu’s innovative wristband is saving thousands of babies
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.