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
Oct 23, 2013

Training Season

OHW Volunteers receive training certificates
OHW Volunteers receive training certificates

Late Summer and Fall have been marked by a series of trainings in Guachochi, Chihuahua.

In August, we held five training sessions for volunteers from the municipalities of Guachochi and Batopilas in partnership with the Servicios de Salud (SES, State Health Services) and Desarrollo Integral de la Famila (DIF, government entity for Family Development). Volunteer trainings cover a variety of topics, including the Network of Safety model, healthy pregnancies, prenatal care and its importance, newborn care, how to identify warning signs and possible complications during pregnancy, delivery, and puerperium and how to handle them, developing delivery and evacuation plans, use of volunteer equipment and materials, community outreach, and data collection.

All 250 participating Foot Soldiers of Change (volunteer outreach providers) were provided with materials and equipment to help pregnant women in their communities. Their volunteer backpacks include items such as thermometers, blood pressure cuffs and headlamps to monitor the women's progress, as well as flip charts that help volunteers to recognize warning signs and guide them through actions to take when certain situations arise.

In September, alongside the SES, we held a training for 40 doctors and nurses from Guachochi and Batopilas. The providers were trained in ultrasound use, emergency obstetrics, and intercultural sensitivity. They also participated in a workshop on vertical delivery, as this is a delivery option that is seldom used in delivery facilities, but is often preferred by Tarahumara women. Helping providers to better understand equipment designed for vertical delivery and discussing the importance of giving this delivery position as an option may encourage more Tarahumara women to have facility-based deliveries

This month, the SES will be hosting a Multiculturalism and Humanization of Obstetric Care Symposium in Chihuahua. While the Symposium has previously been taught on a national level, this will be the first of its kind within the state of Chihuahua. Providers across all levels (including One Heart Mexico volunteers) from all over the Copper Canyon have been selected to attend and act as representatives who will then go back and share with their teams in their units. 

One Heart is happy to have played a role in bringing this symposium to the state by helping to organize workshops earlier this year on intercultural sensitivity - a training package that we now include in all of our health providers trainings. Currently, the state health department is working with One Heart and other key stakeholders to promote such trainings for providers as part of their strategy to reduce maternal mortality.

Thanks for all of your support! Don't forget to take advantage of the GlobalGiving Bonus Day on October 23rd! Starting at 9:00am Eastern your donation with be match with an extra 30%!!  

Distribution of volunteer backpacks
Distribution of volunteer backpacks
Ultrasound Demonstration
Ultrasound Demonstration
Ultrasound Training
Ultrasound Training
Volunteer/Traditional Midwife Training
Volunteer/Traditional Midwife Training
Volunteer/Traditional Midwife Training
Volunteer/Traditional Midwife Training

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Jul 24, 2013

New Plans Ahead

Health Providers-Emergency Obstetrics
Health Providers-Emergency Obstetrics

Since our last report, things have changed for the better. We had originally set a goal to train 200 community health volunteers, but with new commitments from various stakeholders across the state - that number just got bigger. We are pleased to inform you all that our project in the Copper Canyon of Mexico is now set to reach more women and communities than we had expected. 

Thanks to the committment of the State Health Department of Chihuahua and the municipal jurisdictions' efforts to irradicate maternal mortality, as well as a committment from the State Government and its Social Development Department, we have been able to raise the bar for improving maternal and newborn health in the most affected communities of the Sierra Tarahumara. Through a committment made by One Heart Mexico and government entities dedicated to this project, we have been able to agree to train a total of 500 community health volunteers by the end of September of 2013 in order to implement our Network of Safety model. Additionally, we will have trained at least 200 health providers in topics like Emergency Obstetrics, Helping Babies Breathe Protocol and Intercultural Sensitivity, plus, 30 key memebers of the health system will be trained in Basic Use of the Ultrasound Machine. All of this makes for a  total of 730 people trained this year in the Sierra Tarahumara to implement and improve a statewide strategy for the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality. 

One Heart World-Wide's new goal is to raise money for the purchase of two ultrasound machines that will benefit over 2,000 women in the Sierra Tarahumara. We have agreed to allocate those machines in the areas where they are most needed. The agreement made with the various state agencies will also introduce monthly food incentives for the community health volunteers, starting in August of this year. This will provide a stronger committment from these volunteers to implement this project and will thus improve the lives of so many women. Becasue of the support you have given us up to this point, we have been able to provide trainings to 157 community health volunteers,100 health providers and have been able to reach close to 400 women.

Thanks for the continued support!

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Balloon Tamponade
Balloon Tamponade
Balloon Tamponade Practice
Balloon Tamponade Practice
Apr 24, 2013

Guachochi April 2013

Carlos Tapadera, Master Trainer
Carlos Tapadera, Master Trainer

We have started the year in good spirits and with a lot of optimism. One Heart has been working hard to train as many people from rural communities as possible in order to reach out to pregnant women residing in the remote areas of the Canyon.

In January, health workers from the state of Chihuahua received a Cultural Sensitivity training for the first time. The idea behind this, is the need to bring deeper awareness to health care providers about  the cultural beliefs that the Tarahumara women hold in order to communicate more clearly, effectively, and in a manner that is respectful of their cultural differences. The majority of the health staff that work in rural communities, we have realized, are mestizos, meaning they do not consider themselves indigenous. Due to the differing perspectives and practices held by the mestizos and the Tarahumaras, we believe it is important for health workers to be more open to the cultural beliefs of the many indigenous groups within Mexico, in order to provide improved, client-centered care to the indigenous women that are at risk of dying in childbirth.

We have set a goal to train at least 200 community health volunteers in two municipalities, Urique and Guachochi. To date, we are pleased to report that we have already trained 90 of them. Community health volunteers are such an essential part of the "Network of Safety" model, functioning as our Foot Soldiers of Change to provide outreach to the remote communities of the Canyon. We are increasing the number of community health volunteers we train because the more we train, the greater number of women we will reach. These Foot Soldiers are trained in basic life saving skills, basic prenatal care and emergency evacuation and stabilization. All of the 90 people that have been trained take the responsibility to spread messages about the benefits of receiving adequate maternal health care to their communities. It is because of this, that more women are now accessing care on time, have increased their visits to a doctor in a clinic, and feel more comfortable delivering in a clinic near their home. 


In addition to having made a requirement for health staff to receive a Cultural Sensitivity training, we are also providing doctors and nurses with receiving training in emergency obstetrics and neonatal resuscitation. So far this year, we have trained 44 nurses and doctors, and are expecting to train another 40 in May. We make sure that all staff that is trained has direct contact with rural areas of the Copper Canyon to ensure that pregnant women in the greatest need receive most of the benefits from these of trainings, which are designed specifically for high risk areas. 

We are proud to also announce that for the first time since we arrived to Mexico, we were able to bring some of our supporters to visit the Copper Canyon and to get a first hand look at how we develop and implement our programs for the safety of mothers and newborns. We must say that it was an unforgettable experience and are hoping to do it again next year.

Community health volunteer training
Community health volunteer training
Emergency Obstetrics training
Emergency Obstetrics training
First hand look at the Copper Canyon
First hand look at the Copper Canyon
Basic Prenatal care training
Basic Prenatal care training
Basic Prenatal Care Training
Basic Prenatal Care Training

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