Keeping Babies Warm

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In Soddo, we are up above 6,000 feet elevation.  So, for much of the year, it is fairly chilly.  One of the challenges for us is to keep newborns warm after delivery.  In the West, every delivery room has an infant warmer where the baby is placed shortly after birth.  But in Ethiopia, we had struggled to find a quality product at a good price that would do this job.

That was when our pediatrician, Dr. Dave Ayer, had the great idea to make our own.  He partnered with our hospital welder Yohannes, who welded a steel frame together.  Then they mounted a space heater on the top of it.  Voila!  Our own homemade infant warmer.

Yohannes standing proudly with his creation

Yohannes standing proudly with his creation

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The warmer in its new home on the ward.

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