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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Jan 14, 2013

Year in Review

Nepal Team
Nepal Team

This has been a very productive year for our Nepal team. This year alone we have been able to increase health facility deliveries from 1% to 10% and 25% to 48% in Dolpa and Baglung (the two districts in which we are currently working), respectively. Women receiving appropriate prenatal care have increased from 0% to 21% in Dolpa and 40% to 82% in Baglung. Additionally, skilled provider attendance at deliveries had increased from 3% to 10% and 20% to 70% in Dolpa and Baglung, respectively. Five health posts have been renovated and equipped with equipment and supplies to meet standards to be certified as birthing centers. Since opening these birthing centers, over 600 deliveries have taken place within their walls. Nine birthing centers now have solar panels installed to provide power for lights and medical equipment, where electricity is otherwise unreliable or unavailable. One Heart sponsored the training of six skilled birthing attendants. We also trained fourteen master trainers, 293 front-line health workers and 557 Female Community Health Volunteers. Your support, in conjunction with our dedicated Nepal staff and volunteers, made it possible for us to serve a population of 269,000 with 5,000 estimated pregnancies annually.

In addition to this year’s many accomplishments, One Heart is pleased to announce that we have been able to transition to a fully Nepali staff within our Nepal program. One Heart World-Wide has always held the belief that our programs should empower local communities, which allows for greater long-term program sustainability. Mr. Binay Kumar Basyal is our new Country Representative for Nepal. With an educational background in Business Administration and Rural Development and over ten years in leadership roles in the fields of health, development, and beyond, both at home in Nepal and abroad, Binay brings a strong skill set to the One Heart Nepal program.

All of us at One Heart thank you for your continued support! With your help we can continue to save lives, one birth at a time.

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Community Based Newborn Care Training
Community Based Newborn Care Training
Training Demonstration-Baglung, Nepal
Training Demonstration-Baglung, Nepal
Training Session-Baglung, Nepal
Training Session-Baglung, Nepal
Certified Trainees-Dolpa, Nepal
Certified Trainees-Dolpa, Nepal

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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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