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 24, 2013

2012 in Review

Carlos training Traditional Midwives in Guachochi
Carlos training Traditional Midwives in Guachochi

Happy New Year!

First we would like to say thank you for a fantastic 2012. That said, with your help, we are looking forward to an even better 2013!

So much was accomplished in Mexico over the course of 2012.  In Urique we were able to bring health facility-based deliveries among women covered by our programs up from 5% to 40%, increase the number of women receiving appropriate prenatal care from less than 10% to 80%, and increase attendance of a skilled provider at deliveries among women in OHW care from less than 5% to 40% as well. We trained 65 health care providers on neonatal resuscitation and emergency obstetrics, in addition to 56 indigenous community health volunteers. Because of severe drought and resulting food shortages, we also went outside of our usual frame of work in order to provide 542 families with pregnant women and newborns (among the most vulnerable during times of food shortages) with food aide in order to help them survive the harsh conditions and period of crisis.

Due to the success of our work in Urique and with the support of the local communities and health system, we began planning for our next site within Mexico – in Guachochi. Some of our US-based staff is currently in Guachochi leading our first training sessions there and meeting with key players who will be involved in the development of the new program over the course of this coming year.  Our first-ever Cultural Sensitivity Training is underway, in addition to our trainings for Traditional Midwives, Helping Babies Breathe, Basic Life Support Obstetrics, and Advanced Life Support Obstetrics.

This year, in addition to continuing our programs in Urique, we plan to train a new Master Trainer in our Guachochi site, train 130 health care providers on basic life support obstetrics, advanced life support obstetrics, ultrasound use, and neonatal resuscitation, and 100 community outreach providers within the municipality of Guachochi. We will also be expanding our reach by training the entire network of health auxiliaries overseen by the Department of Health on prenatal care and detection of emergency warning signs. We will be including a new training on cultural sensitivity for all providers as well.

All of this will enable us to help provide adolescent girls and women in the Copper Canyon with vital information and services that will enable them to have healthier pregnancies, safer deliveries, and brighter futures.

We will be sharing more information and photos with you when our Mexico Program Administrator returns from his trip. Thanks for your support and stay tuned!

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Training traditional midwives in Guachochi
Training traditional midwives in Guachochi
Woman referred for high-risk pregnancy in 2012
Woman referred for high-risk pregnancy in 2012
Helping Babies Breathe Training
Helping Babies Breathe Training

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Dec 4, 2012

Final Results of Tarahumara Food Distribution

One Heart World-Wide and the Tarahumara people are very grateful for your generation contributions. With your help we were able to surpass our fundraising goal! As a result, we were able to purchase, prepare and distribute food packages for 542 families that either have a pregnant woman or nursing mother. With food packages designed to sustain a typical family for a month made up of familiar, staple items of the Tarahumara diet, we were able to help these families survive the food-shortage brought on by the two-year drought and unusually low temperatures in the region.

With the food crisis addressed, we hope that you continue to support One Heart World-Wide in serving the Tarahumara people. Specifically, we need your help to bring better maternal care to adolescent Tarahumaras. Given their geographical and cultural isolation, young women lack access to adequate health care and education. We hope to train and equip more volunteers, our Foot Soldiers of Change, to reach out to the adolescent population. They will be able to inform them of their options for accessing care, accompany them to clinics, and provide young women with vitamins and prenatal care and education - empowering them to take charge of their maternal health and to raise healthier families. These young women can then go on to educate their peers by sharing messages on safe pregnancy and childbirth, creating future generations of women who are better informed about pregnancy-related issues that affect their communities at-large and thus greatly reducing preventable maternal and neonatal deaths. 

Find out more about this project and how your donation will make at difference at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empowering-girls-in-the-copper-canyon/. Hurry - if you act now GlobalGiving will make your contribution go even further by matching your recurring donations made to this project! During the month of December, when you sign up for a new recurring donation, the first one counts twice!

Want to know more about One Heart World-Wide’s life-saving programs in Mexico and at our other sites? Please check out our website, sign up for email updates, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Here are some of the families your donation helped:

Mother and daughter
Mother and daughter
Women at the local pickup
Women at the local pickup
Mother and son
Mother and son

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Sep 4, 2012

Results of Tarahumara Food Distributuion Donations

Supplies from truck
Supplies from truck

Thanks to your generous contributions, One Heart World-Wide has been able to aid the Tarahumara people in our program areas!  Over 500 families were given the supplies necessary to survive the food-shortage caused by the two-year drought and unusually low temperatures.

The food packages distributed to combat these conditions were designed to sustain a typical Tarahumara family for a month. They included items that were what they would regularly see on their own table: corn, rice, beans, milk, cooking oil, noodle soup, sugar, corn dough, salt, coffee, etc.  Two municipal clinics were used as distribution points, one being the clinic in Urique, which sits at the bottom of Copper Canyon.  The second clinic in Cerocahui is farther, sitting about halfway up the canyon from Urique.  Transportation and storage of the food was in part provided by the State.

The transportation of the food became the most time-consuming part of the job, due to the difficulty of access to roads in the region.  After the food was delivered to the central locations and the packages were made, the only two available pickup trucks transported the food as far as the roads go, at which point the packages were carried by foot.  One Heart's Foot Soldiers of Change, who are local volunteers, walked for hours to reach the communities to distribute the food. For the people that live near the clinics, stations were made for local pick up as well. Thanks to funding from people like you and the hard work of our Foot Soldiers, we were able to reach many families who have been affected by the extended drought and resulting food-shortage that the people of the Copper Canyon have endured during recent months. 

We and the Tarahumara thank you for your support during this time of crisis. Here are just a few of the people that donations helped:

Little girl
Little girl
Mother and two sons
Mother and two sons
Mother and son
Mother and son
Mother and child
Mother and child
In line
In line

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