“Babies are like little bundles of hope, like the future in a basket.” – Lish McBride
Every year, 2.6 million newborns (children aged 1-28 days) die in the world, with Sub-Sahara African countries accounting for 42% of these deaths. 60-80% of newborns in this region suffer from hypothermia, which largely contributes to increased mortality in addition to infection and asphyxia.
On top of these stark statistics about infant mortality due to
hypothermia comes another: 70% of medical equipment donated to low- and middle-income countries is never put into commission. This is because they are not adapted to the climate and socio-economic context of low- and middle-income countries. Reasons include:
We’ve designed an innovative, patented neonatal incubator adapted to the context and intend to bring it to market through a social business start-up. It is:
The project is in the final stages of development and feasibility study, prior to implementation. Please contact us regarding potential philanthropic and investment opportunities.
Dr. Michel Rochat
This project is a collaboration between EssentialTech and numerous partners who bring key interdisciplinary skills as well as various perspectives including those of the local environment and end users.