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
May 5, 2014

Thank you GlobalGiving!

Mother and Baby
Mother and Baby

Part of the One Heart World-Wide model is to ensure long-term sustainability of the projects we implement by ensuring that local staff and volunteers are prepared to independently manage programs, ensuring stable funding sources, and making sure that the community stakeholders are invested in our mission. We are pleased to announce that we have identified a great partner that has the not only the ability to fund the program in its entirety, but is also dedicated to the mission of saving lives and educating the indigenous people of the Copper Canyon. We are confident that we are leaving our Mexico program in very good hands as we transition into a role of providing technical assistance and evaluation of the work we began there.

Our new partner, Fundación Vida Digna, a foundation funded by Interceramic, S.A. will be incorporating the Network of Safety model into their mission. Fundación Vida Digna currently works in rural areas of the Copper Canyon and has provided education and health services to these communities for over 10 years. Interceramic is one of the largest tile companies in the world, and we are thrilled that they share our passion to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes for indigenous communities in the Copper Canyon. This is an opportunity to expand our projects to a larger scale within the state of Chihuahua and to more efficiently provide services to the communities at the highest risk there. We are excited to embark on this new partnership with them. 

Because the process of creating a new partnership can be time-consuming, we have dedicated much of the past three months to fine-tuning our plan to satisfy the needs and goals of both One Heart and Vida Digna, while maximizing benefit to the Tarahumara people. Despite being busy with planning details, we have been able to provide refresher courses for 60 community volunteers from the municipality of Guachochi in basic prenatal care. By the end of this year we will have trained at least 4 more groups of 60 people each, totaling 300 community volunteers. We expect the number of volunteers trained to increase steadily next year, therefore enabling us to reach out to larger numbers of women in need of improved access to maternal and newborn care.

As part of the new strategy, we have decided that outreach health workers will participate in a new motivation program. Outreach workers present the largest support for our community volunteers, and through them, volunteers are able to learn the difficulties faced in rural communities. The outreach workers will attend at least one One Heart training every three months so that they can share their first-hand experiences of working with people in the communities so that volunteers may learn more about the people and the environment they live in. Additionally, we will hold two trainings for health personnel covering Emergency Obstetrics, Helping Babies Breath and the use of ultrasound this year. These trainings will cover at least 80 health workers. Right now, they are working on building a new birthing center in Urique to provide a safe space for women to deliver with midwives in the Canyon.

We are certain that our new partnership will bring excellent results by the end of this year, and for that we are very excited. Your help has been essential, not only to this process, but to the entire project. The funds we have received has allowed us to continue to train health workers and volunteers and to provide much-needed support needed to the Tarahumara communities in the Copper Canyon while we plan for the future of the program. One Heart World-Wide and all of our staff are very proud of the work that has been done under our watch. We have trained hundreds of community volunteers and health professionals, learned from the local communities, and improved birth outcomes for women and newborns in the Copper Canyon. We are incredibly grateful for the support of the GlobalGiving community – we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you from the One Heart World-Wide family.

This will be the final report for this project. If you would like to continue to support our work in Nepal, please take a look at our project Saving lives, one birth at a time: http://goto.gg/8860

Newborn Care Training
Newborn Care Training
Master Trainer, Carlos, and Community Volunteers
Master Trainer, Carlos, and Community Volunteers
Birthing Center being built in Urique
Birthing Center being built in Urique
Certified Volunteers
Certified Volunteers

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Apr 16, 2014

Birthing Center Upgrades in Baglung District

practice exercise
practice exercise

We have been hard at work upgrading birthing centers in areas of high need in the District of Baglung in order to reach our goal of upgrading ten birthing centers in this district. The upgrades range from providing structural renovations and improved plumbing to equipping the centers the most basic delivery equipment to providing more advanced devices such as portable ultrasound machines. These upgrades are essential to ensure access to clean, safe deliveries in the remote areas of Nepal where we work. The birthing centers that we support are equipped to handle normal deliveries and manage certain emergencies. To demonstrate the impact that the upgrades are having so far, last month it was reported that there had been a 300% increase in deliveries at the Hatiya birthing center since it was upgraded. The upgraded facility has allowed more women to deliver at the local health post and has thus reduced the amount of unnecessary, and often dangerous, transfers over rough roads that were frequently made to referral hospitals prior to these upgrades.

Thanks to a partnership with We Care Solar, OHW is able to provide solar electricity in these birthing centers using their innovative Solar Suitcases. The lack of stable electricity at many birthing centers makes it very difficult for Skilled Birth Attendants to safely attend deliveries occurring in the middle of the night. Each Solar Suitcase is equipped with an 18-volt battery and two LED lamps that provide very bright light that is sufficient to light the way for birth attendants. In some cases the Solar Suitcase is capable of charging the battery of a portable ultrasound, making it possible to provide ultrasound services at any time of day, aiding in the early detection of pregnancy complications.

With Solar Suitcases, we are able to now provide ultrasound machines to the birthing centers in birthing centers or referral clinics. These ultrasound machines are strategically in highly populated areas as an effort to bring maternal health services closer to those mothers who need it most.

In addition to these facility upgrades, we provide trainings on how to use all the equipment. In March, OHW held a training for 30 people in the use of the ultrasound. Those trained included a combination of skilled birth attendants (SBAs), nurses and doctors that are located in the communities where the ultrasounds are placed. On a recent trip to Baglung, we installed two of the Solar Suitcases in two birthing centers and trained four SBAs on how to install, operate, and maintain them. In the next few months we will be installing seven more suitcases and training 14 more SBAs on ultrasound use and maintenance.

The best way to learn about the programs that we implement in Nepal is to have the firsthand experience. Going for the first time in March was something to remember, being able to see the impact that with your help we are able to generate has no price. The numbers can prove that our model works, but seeing the smile of women and children are best felt being there. Once a birthing center is upgraded, people in these communities not only appreciate this, but they do everything in their hands to put these center to great use, with that feeling of communal ownership. We are grateful to see the changes and the impact your money creates, and are more than happy to share the field stories with you and invite you to come with us and have the same experience. A group of donors came with us in March, and we are hoping to repeat this experience later this year. Please let us know if you want to join us in this adventure of new learnings from our programs. 

practice excercise
practice excercise
training excercise
training excercise
Job is done!
Job is done!
Ultrasound training
Ultrasound training
Ultraspund training
Ultraspund training

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Jan 23, 2014

Happy New Year! Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Tarahumara girl and infant
Tarahumara girl and infant

As we move forward into a new year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on all that was accomplished over the past 12 months.

In 2013, a total of 390 Community Health Volunteers and 365 Health Providers were trained. An additional 200 health workers participated in trainings on Multiculturalism and Humanization of Obstetric Care, and the first symposium on the same topic offered in the state of Chihuahua.

In other news, One Heart World-Wide worked with our local government partners to provide food incentives to all Community Health Volunteers. This allows us to offer thanks and compensation to our volunteers and increases the sustainability of our model. Volunteers are able to provide for their families in exchange for their time and dedication, which both increases volunteers ability to continue to work with us and improves the health of their families and communities.

Another huge milestone for our programs in 2013 was the approval of the use of Misoprostol in the communities of the Sierra Tarahumara. One Heart World-Wide has been incorporating Misoprostol into our programs as an effective means of postpartum hemorrhage prevention and management in Tibet and Nepal. However, due to regulations regarding Misoprostol in Mexico, it has not been available for use outside of larger hospitals until recently. Through advocating for its use in rural areas, One Heart was able to work with the state government to allow Community Health Workers to use the life-saving drug to manage postpartum hemorrhage. Misoprostol is ideal for use in remote locations as it can be administered in a pill form and does not require refrigeration such as similar injectable drugs that are commonly used for postpartum hemorrhage management. One Heart is excited that Community Health Workers will now also be able to administer the drug when necessary, and will continue to work with the goverment manage its use. The expanded reach of Misoprostol will help prevent many women from dying in childbirth, as postpartum hemorrhage is the most common cause of maternal deaths in the region. This development shows the strong collaboration that exists between OHW and the state government, and the shared goal to eradicate maternal deaths in the Copper Canyon.

We also wanted to share an anecdote from last year that we found particularly inspiring:

Ángel and Feliciana are One Heart Mexico volunteers. We spoke with Ángel recently and he confessed to us that when his wife, Feliciana, first began volunteering with One Heart, he did not believe in the program. Some months later, as he saw the positive changes that his wife’s commitment was brining to the community, Ángel changed his mind and decided that he, too, wanted to get involved. He was familiar with the small center where his wife and other volunteers held their meetings and gave talks. The small cement room did not have a roof and activities were often cancelled due to rain, strong winds, and other extreme climate conditions common to the canyons. Weather rendered many volunteer activities impossible in the winter months. Wanting to help, Ángel took three weeks of his time to build a roof and reconstruct the community center. Today the center is bigger and better. Volunteers gather there often for meetings and to host health education talks on Sundays. The small building has become an important center of active and ongoing community participation. Ángel now feels very proud to be helping the women in his town and finally feels empowered to make a difference in his community. He has also become a community volunteer, making community visits to deliver clean birth kits and safe motherhood messages to help ensure healthier outcomes for pregnant women and newborns in the Sierras.

We are very excited about our accomplishments in 2013 and we are looking forward to many more successes in the year ahead. Thank you for your continued support and your part in making our work possible.

Thanks!

Master Trainer training community volunteers
Master Trainer training community volunteers
OH Staff working with community volunteer
OH Staff working with community volunteer
Community Center upgraded by Angel
Community Center upgraded by Angel
Feliciana demonstrating use of blood pressure cuff
Feliciana demonstrating use of blood pressure cuff

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