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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