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 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!

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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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Oct 18, 2012

October Updates

OHW Nepal meeting with local people in Saldang
OHW Nepal meeting with local people in Saldang

It was a busy summer for the One Heart Nepal Team. Over the past few months we have held numerous trainings, and have made headway on some new and exciting projects!

So far in Dolpa district, we have trained a total of 293 community outreach providers (health workers and community health volunteers). Our three newly trained skilled birth attendant have been stationed at key health posts across the district. A pilot of our MedicMobile project, using mobile phones and SMS to deliver safe motherhood messages and check-up reminders to remote communities, is now underway. Sanitation has improved greatly with the installation of running water at the Dunai birthing center, the first in a circuit of 5 birthing centers that we hope to have completed by the end of our project. To date, we have had 117 births at the Dunai birthing center since its opening in November of 2011. We are very pleased to announce that our second birthing center, located in Dho Tarap, was inaugurated last month! Many members of the local community, including local Rinpoches and Lamas (religious leaders), local Amchis (doctors), and representatives of other NGOs working in Upper Dolpa attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. There was much excitement surrounding the opening of the birthing center and One Heart felt very welcomed by the local community.

On the way to Dho Tarap, our team visited potential sites for the next birthing center we plan to open in the very north of the district, in Saldang.  Our field team met with the local people to discuss what they saw to be the major issues regarding their access to maternal and infant health services as well as the challenges they faced. After visiting with the communities and touring the sites discussed for the new clinic and satellite clinics, the team felt very confident in ability to move forward as planned. The proposed sites will be perfect for our needs and those of the community.  

A large festival also took place last month – the Shey Gompa Festival (a religious festival occurring once every 12 years). It was a treat for One Heart to participate in the festival this year. In conjunction with various organizations, we organized a medical camp at the festival, during which we were able to serve more than 1,100 patients. The team also performed a role-play on maternal and neonatal life-saving skills in the local language and gave a short presentation on how to solve existing maternal and neonatal health issues and major challenges to accessing health care in Upper Dolpa. There was a huge turnout at the festival and everyone seemed to enjoy our programs. It was also a great learning opportunity for our team, as we were able to meet with the local people to find out which issues were most important to them.  Unfortunately, we also learned that late in the summer there had been an outbreak of measles, which took the lives of 30 children who were unable to get treatment in time. OHW and the communities vowed to work together to face challenges to health care, such as this type of epidemic and the lack of access to preventative care that people in Upper Dolpa face.

It was a busy summer, but everyone involved in the project is excited about moving forward and what is to come next. None of it would be possible without your support, and so from the entire One Heart team, I would like to offer you all our most sincere thanks! 

Inauguration of the Dho Tarap Birthing Center
Inauguration of the Dho Tarap Birthing Center
Banner at the Shey Festival Medical Camp
Banner at the Shey Festival Medical Camp
Group shot with Rinpoches
Group shot with Rinpoches
Role-play at the Shey Festival
Role-play at the Shey Festival
Site of new Saldang Birthing Center
Site of new Saldang Birthing Center

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