16 May 2017
Hundreds of premature babies born in Indonesia are benefiting from the work of an engineering professor who is building incubators and lending them for free to low-income families in a bid to fill a gap in the healthcare system. Indonesia has the fifth greatest number of premature births of any nation in the world, over 675,000 a year. The WHO says that pre-term birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under five. For sustainable funding, individuals can donate for the cost of making one incubator. The professor began the service in the capital Jakarta, which has expanded to 48 cities and he hopes to extend to 300 cities.