One Heart World-Wide

"Mission: Saving the lives of women and newborns one birth at a time". One Heart World-Wide programs improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and infants that would not otherwise have access to maternal and child-health services due to sociocultural barriers, limited personal resources, or remote living conditions. Essential to our programs are the integration of local resources, collaboration with local communities and providers, with respect for cultural norms and practices. In each of our program sites, we are committed to working within the local culture, respecting and honoring it while helping women access a safe delivery
Jan 15, 2015

Starting 2015 Off with a Bang!

Tashi after delivery
Tashi after delivery

We are so pleased to report to you on One Heart World-Wide's recent work. 

2014 was an extraordinary year--last year we had no maternal deaths and only 8 neonatal deaths in our most populated disrict, Baglung. In our other major program district, Dolpa, we had only one maternal death and 6 neonatal deaths. Before One Heart World-Wide arrived, Baglung saw at least 30 maternal and 300 neonatal deaths annually and Dolpa saw 15 maternal and 91 neonatal deaths annually. 

Your support continues to make a tremendous difference as it helps us train and equip skilled birth attendants and community health volunteers to manage pregnancies in remote villages and establish new birthing centers in rural Nepal. Your support provides essential maternal healthcare to those who would otherwise have no access these lifesaving services. Thank you for making a difference in so many lives this year. One Heart World-Wide and the communities we serve are so grateful to you for your generosity. 

 

Consider the below story of Tashi (pictured), who recently had a very difficult delivery in Baglung. 

15-year-old Tashi suffered in labor for more than a day before trekking five hours through high mountain passes to reach a One Heart birthing center. She had four prenatal check-ups at the recommendation of a One Heart-trained community outreach volunteer and was told of the importance of a safe delivery so she was determined to make the trek to the Dunai birthing center even though neither her family nor husband could accompany her due to the demands of harvest season.  

After four more hours of labor at the birthing center, Tashi had to undergo an episiotomy--a surgical procedure that saved both her life and her baby's. When the baby was born blue and lifeless, the doctor and skilled birth attendant revived him by clearing his airway.Once he breathed his first breaths on his own he was placed in an incubator. Skilled birthing attendants, medical equipment, and a safe environment with electricity were all critical to the survival of both baby and mother. 

 

There are hundreds more like Tashi in the districts we have yet to reach, which is why One Heart World-Wide is in the process of expanding our programs to reach three more districts in 2015: Dhading, Sindhupalchok, and Bhojpur. We look forward to keeping you updated as begin upgrading birthing centers and training health workers in our new districts this year! 

Thank you again for your commitment to save lives in Nepal. Your support matters so much to the women who depend on it. 

With gratitude,

Links:

Oct 15, 2014

Updates from Dolpo

Training with HFOMCs
Training with HFOMCs

We remain so grateful to each of you for your generosity and compassion in action toward women and babies in Nepal. Your support helps to ensure One Heart World-Wide’s success as we work hard to eradicate preventable maternal and neonatal mortality in Nepal. With your help, we have reduced neonatal mortality rates in the two districts where we work by an average of 75% and maternal deaths by 89% in the Baglung district, and 50% in the (more challenging and remote) Dolpa district. The extreme remoteness of many women in Dolpa and climate present a challenge, but we are proud of the many lives saved there and we continue to work hard to train healthcare workers and educate the public around maternal healthcare. In this report, we would like to update you on just a couple of our activities in Dolpa since mid-July.

In August, we conducted trainings sessions for the Health Facility Organizing Management Committees, who are elected Nepalese governmental bodies responsible for managing the birthing centers.  These trainings were held in Phoksundo and Saldang, the most difficult-to-access Birthing Centers of Northern Dolpa. Each of the 22 committee members attended the sessions, where they were coached on best practices in management for the centers, they talked through local needs and challenges, and they committed to implement the teachings they learned. In addition, both of the Health Facility Organizing Management Committees agreed to sustain the quality birthing center services, which will eventually be turned over to the communities with One Heart World-Wide stepping into an advisory role. This allows One Heart World-Wide to eventually pass complete ownership of this project to the community, and allows us to use your dollars to work in districts that still lack accessible maternal healthcare services. Until then, we will continue to work in close partnership with the Nepalese government as we train and prepare the workers and community for the transition. Community ownership, long-term sustainability, and high-quality services are our goals for each place we work.

In late July our Liku Birthing Center staff performed plays in partnership with a local club to build awareness of good maternal and neonatal healthcare practices among community members. Over three hundred people attended, and we hope it will bring about positive behavioral changes in the Liku community.

A story:

Dhani, a 20-year-old in Liku, part of the Dolpa district, was pregnant with her first baby.  After 11 hours of excruciating labor, her family brought her to the Liku Birthing Center. The nursing staff at the center tended to Dhani and she delivered the next day. Shortly after the birth, Dhani experienced intense bleeding. The nurses immediately recognized the bleeding as postpartum hemorrhage, a leading cause of maternal deaths in Nepal, and they administered medication and fluids. Dhani’s life was saved and her family was so grateful that they vowed to get the word out in the community to assure that all other pregnant women deliver at the Liku birthing center. One way that the word is spreading quickly about our birthing centers is the many women and their families who use the centers and want to encourage all of their networks to use the center after their positive experiences.

In the last thee months we also trained 57 Health Worker in the Baglung district in the birth preparedness package using misoprostol to manage post-partum hemorrhage. Thank you again for making it all possible. Your support means so much to the people whose lives are saved every day. 

Street Theater in Liku
Street Theater in Liku
Dhani and her Baby
Dhani and her Baby
Dhani
Dhani's Baby
Jul 17, 2014

Trainings and Stories from the Field

Female Community Health Volunteers
Female Community Health Volunteers

These past three months have been dedicated to some successful trainings and visits to the communities where we work to verify the impact we are creating in these remote areas. Our team in the field met with 144 female community health volunteers from 16 different village development committees. This is done to review the Community Based Newborn Care Package. This package consists of basic knowledge provided to volunteers in the field in order to assist before and during an emergency. The package is not only a training, it also includes some basic equipment provided to our volunteers so that they can perform routine checkups on pregnant women. When a review is done, it basically retests the knowledge of volunteers and it focuses on refreshing volunteers in topics that they have most difficulties with. This revision also provides an assessment of the current situation in the field, and to make sure that our goals are being met.

We also trained 27 health workers from three new communities, Liku, Pahada and Juphal. This training includes topics related to prenatal care and providing the best service to patients coming into a health facility. Our team also supervises that health facilities are in the best condition possible to attend deliveries and reduce the risk of any infections during labor. We are strongly committed to teach health staff the basics in providing the best experience for women living in difficult areas. When health facilities are upgraded, it creates a welcoming environment for women.

We would like to share two stories from the field related to some of the pregnant women that we serve and some of the difficulties that they face in their lives.

  1. One of our young female patients from Vijer-2 was suffering from Hyper emesis Gravidarum and was in a very poor condition. As a treatment course, she was kept in observation for 3 days with IV line open and Drip continued (D5,DNS). She was kept NPO for 1 day. Then, inj.domepridone was given. Later, liquid and soft and normal diet was started according to the condition. Fortunately, the traeatment was successful. She is now home, reunited with her family and in very good condition.

    Together, as a team, we can help these women to regain their dignity, health and once again to be respected by their communities and lead happier lives.

 

  1. One of our child from Vijer was suffering from  pneumonia. The child was given IV medication(antibiotics) and nebulised with asthaline to make him breath smoothly. The mother was quite worried. We provided informal teaching to the mother. Fortunately, treatment came out to be successful.

Now, the child is in very good condition. I feel grateful to see the child playing happily and the happy and thankful faces of the family members. 

Mother Group for Health orientation in Juphal
Mother Group for Health orientation in Juphal
Bhagwati with Manmaya
Bhagwati with Manmaya's son
Water System for Birthing Center
Water System for Birthing Center

donate now:

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $25
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $200
    give
  • $500
    give
  • $1,000
    give
  • $5,000
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $25
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $200
    each month
    give
  • $500
    each month
    give
  • $1,000
    each month
    give
  • $5,000
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of One Heart World-Wide

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about One Heart World-Wide on GreatNonProfits.org.