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
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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Jul 30, 2012

Postcard: Site Visit

Staff with training baby for umbilical cord care
Staff with training baby for umbilical cord care

Shari Davis & Ellen Currin are InTheField Travelers with GlobalGiving who are visiting our partners’ projects throughout Nepal. Their “Postcard” from their most recent visit in Nepal:

The atmosphere of One Heart Worldwide's office was calm and relaxed as we spoke to Mary Richards, the midwife and in-country coordinator of One Heart’s programs in Nepal. She spoke to us about the high rates of maternal and infant mortality in the remote area of Dolpa where one of their projects is being implemented. Mary gave us details on the current implementation of trainings for skilled birth attendants and community health workers.  Using government guidelines, One Heart Worldwide builds curriculum to be used in training various healthcare workers on skills to save the lives of mothers and infants. Mary also explained the program’s recent partnership with Medic Mobile and the trial of cell phones as a tool for SMS data collection.  A few other staff members joined in the conversation, providing us evaluation data from the past few years reflecting the impact of their programs; their work has contributed to a dramatic increase in antenatal care visits and facility-based deliveries over the past few years.

During our visit we were able to meet the District Health Officer of Baglung, another project location, who gave us insight into the struggles of providing quality healthcare in a low-resource setting. He explained how very grateful he is for One Heart’s contribution and support, and told us he desires to strengthen the partnership in order to serve more of the population.

Before we completed our visit, Mary took us downstairs to a space devoted to the Medic Mobile project and a uterine prolapse prevention program. We met the staff managing these projects and saw the training equipment and supplies used: full sets of solar-powered cellphone batteries and chargers waiting to be shipped, training materials on uterine prolapse, and kits for community based health workers to assess newborns for life threatening illnesses. Contents of the kits were all manufactured in Nepal and One Heart is supporting the purchase and distribution of these kits, in addition to the training. Sitting in Mary’s office, we heard a success story which epitomized the work of the organization: one community health worker, after receiving One Heart’s training, used her knowledge to recognize ecclampsia in a pregnant mom, resulting in quick referral, treatment, and a safe delivery for mother and baby.

Equipment for Medic Mobile program
Equipment for Medic Mobile program
Staff with uterine prolapse training materials
Staff with uterine prolapse training materials
Equipment for Female Community Health Workers
Equipment for Female Community Health Workers

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Jun 18, 2012

Food Distrbution Status June 2012

Food at the Warehouse
Food at the Warehouse

As of June 14, 2012, GlobalGiving donors have contributed $1,080 of the $15,005 that One Heart Worldwide has raised towards combating the food shortage in the Copper Canyon that is affecting families of the Tarahumara. A two-year long drought has left the Tarahumara in a state of emergency, and relief efforts are aimed at preventing the malnutrition of mothers and newborns in the region.
One Heart World-Wide has partnered with Disconsa S.A. in order to purchase food supplies that will be distributed to over 500 families. These food packages contain local cooking staples such as corn, rice, beans, milk, cooking oil, noodle soup, sugar, corn dough, salt, and coffee. Now that the food has been purchased, the next step in the project is the distribution phase.
While One Heart World-Wide is eager to begin this phase of the project, the intensive distribution process requires the combined effort of many volunteers, some of which are currently involved in one of our regularly scheduled training programs regarding emergency obstetrics. Furthermore, the Tarahumara reside in some of the most isolated regions of Chihuahua, so the transportation of large quantities of food is very difficult to arrange. Two available pickup trucks will transport volunteers as far as road construction permits, after which point volunteers will have to carry the food packages by foot in order to reach the communities where the food needs to be distributed. More updates regarding food distribution will be provided as the delivery of food packages progresses.

Food at the Warehouse, ready to be shipped
Food at the Warehouse, ready to be shipped
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