April 5, 2016
Nearly three years ago, the Magazine reported on the Finnish baby box – a starter kit of clothes, sheets, and toys the state gives to expectant mothers. The story went viral and was read by 10 million people in 18 months. Now the box idea itself is spreading around the world. Read more.
February 26th, 2016
With reference to the Finnish experience, a group of doctoral students from the School of Public Health TH Chan of Harvard University, in the United States, created in 2015, a project called “Barakat Bundle” (meaning blessed package). Karima Ladhani, public health teacher and one of the project coordinators, explains that the idea is to distribute in South Asian countries, not just necessities for babies items, but also products specially chosen for the local reality –as thermometers that beep if the child has fever, folic acid supplements and a banheira– to try to reduce maternal and infant mortality. The estimate is that the “Barakat Bundle” save the lives of 58,000 children and 3,000 mothers in the next five years. Read more.
February 1st, 2016
Founder Karima Ladhani was interviewed on Classic FM (based in South Africa) for her work with Barakat Bundle – check out her interview below!
November 10, 2015
In Finland, many babies sleep in cardboard boxes. And they enjoy it — at least that is what their parents say.The tradition might seem strange to most American parents. But Finnish experts say it could help save lives.They also say it could help the United States lower its infant mortality rate in the same way that it helped Finland. The District, for example, has the highest infant mortality risk among all of the world’s high-income capitals. In other countries, such as South Africa, Zambia, Colombia, Argentina, and the U.S., projects are already being set up to imitate the Finnish success story, according to Harvard University doctoral student Karima Ladhani, who recently founded an nongovernmental organization to create a box for South Asian mothers, called the “Barakat Bundle.” Read more.
November 4, 2015
WE is a feature created and presented by start-up showcasing the community of women entrepreneurs in Boston. Through the journey of two upcoming entrepreneurs, Buca Boot and Barakat Bundle the feature dwells on various topics like mentoring, networking, challenges and issues with diversity.
The blossoming entrepreneurs serve as an inspiration for up and coming young women, shed light on the community that is working at large in building the eco-system in the city. Watch the video.
September 25, 2015
Two years ago, the New England Venture Capital Association commissioned a study looking at the number of women founders and chief executives in venture-backed companies, and it found that Boston isn’t nearly as inclusive as it could be. “Boston has a crop of tremendously talented female entrepreneurs, and is doing no better or worse than any other major startup market as far as the ratio of venture-backed women to men founders,” C.A. Webb, former executive director of the NEVCA, said at the time. “… We are interested in propelling that conversation further and making explicit that Boston wants to be home to the best women in technology.” Read more.
September 14, 2015
Under a new student-led nonprofit aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality in South Asia, expectant mothers would receive a free box full of newborn essentials like baby clothes, diapers, and wipes, as well as health-related items such as a clean delivery kit and oral rehydration salts. The caveat: Women would only get the box—which doubles as a portable basket in which babies can sleep or play—if they agree to a prenatal checkup. Read more.
August 26, 2015
As someone who recently earned her master of theological studies degree, Mitul Daiyan never pictured herself playing a role in launching a social venture start-up, but the HDS graduate is doing exactly that.
Daiyan, MTS ’15, is one of the founders of Barakat Bundle, a product that aims to decrease the infant and maternal mortality rates in South Asia. Lowering these rates is no small task. That’s why students and recent graduates from across Harvard are coming together and combining their varied skill sets and academic backgrounds in an effort to provide new mothers with the supplies and knowledge that will help their newborns survive. Read more.
August 5, 2015
On Wednesday evening, startup accelerator MassChallenge unveiled the companies participating in its 2015 class in a showcase at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. The event drew a crowd of over 1,000 people interested in speaking with the 128 startups that make up this year’s Boston cohort. Watch the video.
May 20, 2015
Today MassChallenge unveiled 218 global finalists for the 2015 accelerator programs to be held in Boston and London this summer. This year’s class was selected from more than 2,200 applicants and come from a diverse range of industries and geographies. 128 startups will participate in MassChallenge Boston and 90 startups will take part in MassChallenge UK. Read more.
April 24, 2015
Barakat Bundle wins $25,000 runner-up prize of the social enterprise track 2015 New Venture Competition. Barakat Bundle is a conditional newborn essentials kit that reduces infant and maternal mortality in South Asia. Watch the video.
April 22, 2015
The Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition Finale is scheduled for today in the Burden Auditorium. The competition features both alumni and student admissions. The student startups are divided between Business and Social Enterprise Tracks, while the alumni competition has representatives from around the world competing. Read more.
April 8, 2015
From the first round of the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition: Barakat Bundle reduces infant mortality in developing countries #HBSNVC. Read more.