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
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
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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