Our Story

Bempu Health is a public health organization funded by the Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, USAID's Saving Lives at Birth, and others. We received our first grant from the Gates Foundation in November 2014 after spending a year in the field meeting with more than 100 pediatricians and neonatologists around India to learn more about the true problems in newborn health care. We worked with doctors to brainstorm solutions, then built + tested prototypes, and now we are distributing our health tech. innovations.

Our first innovation is the Bempu Hypothermia Monitoring Device – a novel neonatal hypothermia monitoring bracelet. Our device is built to serve areas where temperature monitoring is often overlooked due to understaffed hospitals and unaware or uneducated parents.  The device alerts in the event of neonatal hypothermia through an intuitive audio-visual alarm, which promotes corrective actions like Kangaroo Mother Care (skin-to-skin contact) and swaddling, as well as positive health-seeking behaviors. 

We are a team of passionate and skilled health advocates working together to build technologies that will drastically improve global health. We are currently a team of 15 with expertise in biomedical and mechanical engineering, product design, medical electronics engineering, marketing & operations management, and public health.

As of Summer 2016, our BEMPU Bracelet has protected 1000+ babies in approximately 150 centers across India!

Our Motivation
Over 4% of the world’s children die before their 5th birthday, and many of those surviving experience long-term health injuries. The vast majority of these deaths and injuries occur in low-resource parts of the world and are preventable. We believe this is unjust, unacceptable and we have to do something about it.

Our Vision and Mission
At BEMPU, our vision is for all children to have the chance to live full and healthy lives. To achieve this, BEMPU offers innovative life-saving health products for children in low-resource areas.

Our Values
We operate with the following values: 

  • WE ALL DO THIS FOR THE CHILDREN - Our top priority lies with the children and their parents. We believe in co-creation of solutions with patients, medical professionals, governments and partners who are critical to the well-being of the children we serve. We commit to delivering consistently high impact products at reasonable prices.

  • WE ARE OUR TEAM - We treat our employees with respect, dignity and transparency. We provide safe and clean working environments. We provide fair compensation. Our growth and development relies on our employees' growth and development. We strive to empower our employees to live happy and healthy lives at work and at home. 

  • WE CAN’T DO THIS ALONE - We see our partners, whether global health organizations, hospitals, suppliers, distributors, grantors, investors or more as vital to our bold mission. We treat them with respect, fairness and honesty. We provide fair margins to hospitals, suppliers, and distributors. 

  • WE ARE THE CHANGE - We are rebellious innovators, and we have to be - we operate in difficult terrain where the status quo is unacceptable. We embrace risk-taking, mistakes and failure as long as it comes with learning and resilience. 

  • WE DELIVER SUSTAINABLE IMPACT - Our interventions need to be scalable to help the most number of children around the world. We believe financial sustainability is vital to long-term reliable impact and we aim to generate profit which we then reinvest towards our social mission.