We are grateful for the support of our partners and friends around the world
- Partners In Health (PIH)-Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) is our key partner in scaling across Rwanda. Founded by Jim Kim, president of the World Bank, and Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University, chair of the department of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, PIH-IMB provides healthcare in the poorest developing countries with a goal “to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.” PIH-IMB has been our partner in research and been key to our liaising with the Rwanda MOH.
- The Rwanda Ministry of Health (MOH) has been involved and supportive since the earliest phases of product development and testing. Rwanda’s MOH is a model in Africa for its efficacy and commitment to maternal and child health.
- The Rwanda Standards Bureau (RBS) is the Rwandan equivalent of the FDA in the United States. The RBS has also been involved in the infant warmer since its early phase of development. We are preparing to file for official certification for use outside the research setting. We have been advised by the RBS that once the randomized controlled trial is complete, RBS would support submission of the DREAM Infant Warmer for International Certification.
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. LBNL launched the Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies (LBNLIGTT), which has a goal of fostering the discovery, development, and deployment of a generation of low-carbon, affordable technologies that will advance sustainable methods to fight global poverty. LBNLIGTT has been our key engineering partner in the development of the Infant Warmer.
- Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) is a premier teaching and research hospital of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Anne Hansen is the medical director of the BCH’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Boston Children’s brings great expertise in neonatal medicine, study design and data analysis.
- Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (of which Paul Farmer is Chair and Anne Hansen an affiliate) is the central structure to organize global health activities at the medical school. For the Infant Warmer, it has offered support in biostatistics, public health, and networking.
Corporate Product Partner
- Almex Industries has committed to manufacturing the Infant Warmer without profit in local regions where the warmer is needed, including South Africa.
- The Banyan-Gates Foundation has generously provided funding for scaling of the Dream Infant Warmer in Rwanda, including providing funds for the randomized controlled trial.