Self-heating blankets saving preterm infants in resource-scarce regions
“The reason why we do work in resource-scarce settings, this is where 75 percent of those deaths take place,” Hsia explained to Circa about their decision to primarily work in Africa as the startup gets off the ground.
In developing countries, where access to incubators or basic care is limited, thermal care solutions could help prevent early deaths. Hsia said being able to utilize the blankets can be a real game changer, since having access to warmth “can translate, it depends on the infant, but it can translate to an increased survival rate of anywhere from 40 to 60 percent, according to the clinical literature.”
What started as a project on a shoestring budget, Warmilu is now on track to saving 10,000 infant lives. “It’s really rewarding to not just be able to make the innovation, but also to see it being used on patients,” she said.”