Beyoncé Donates $125,000 To TEDWomen Project

The gesture of motherhood will help 1,900 infants avoid hypothermia while spurring the development of a disruptive, low-cost incubator

Beyoncé is trying to help mothers around the world, and she’s using a startup to do it.

According to the TED blog, TED Fellow Jane Chen received a $125,000 donation from Beyoncé Knowles-Carter to spur development of Chen’s portable, low-cost incubator.

The announcement came during Gucci’s Chime For Change anniversary party, an organization co-founded by Beyoncé, Frida Giannini, and Salma Hayek Pinault.

Embrace Innovations, a medical organization created by Jane Chen, creates the Embrace Nest, a low-cost incubator for keeping infants warm.

Current incubators are complicated, stationary, and require constant electricity. Embrace’s Nest incubator doesn’t require continuous power, can remain warm for four hours at a time, and consumes less than 15 watts in “ready” mode.

According to Embrace Innovations, 20 million low birth-weight and premature babies are born each year around the world, while 450 die every hour. Hypothermia, a condition where the body’s temperature drops to dangerous levels, is a major cause of death among infants with low birth-weight.

Knowles-Carter’s donation will help kickstart pilot testing of the Embrace Nest in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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