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
Feb 23, 2016

Rebuilding better

Jalkini Health Post
Jalkini Health Post

Namaste friends! 

As One Heart World-Wide starts off 2016, we would like to take this moment to not only thank you, but also update you on the work we have accomplished so far. Your support and generous donations make it possible for us to continue to help with the rebuilding process, allowing us to restore healthcare to countless mothers and babies in Nepal. 

One Heart World-Wide has been on the ground since day 1 of the earthquake, delivering essential medical supplies and installing fully-furnished, equipped and staffed birthing tents for deliveries in the two districts of Dhading and Sindhupalchok. In Dhading, 65% of the existing health facilities were completely destrowyed and 25% sustained partial damage after the earthquakes. In Sindhupalchok, 75% of the existing health facilities were completely destroyed and 15% had sustained partial damage. Post-earthquake, One Heart World-Wide has: 

  • set-up 30 temporary birthing tents in areas where the local health facilities were destroyed
  • set-up 10 tents serving as storage units for medical equipemnt and shelter for on-call SBAs 
  • equipped 85 birthing centers with essential items neccesary for safe deliveries 
  • installed 35 solar suitcases to provide constant source of power during deliveries 
  • distributed 12 tons of medical equipment and supplies 
  • treated 4,208 through healthcare camps 

Jalkini health post in Sindhupalchok was one of the health posts that was completely damaged by the first earthquake to hit Nepal. Pre-earthquake, Jalkini had served as a facility that provided essential health care for the local community. Seeing the damage done to this health post, OHW initiated the construction of a semi-permanent building with minimal cost, using only local resources. The health post was then build with the help of the local people using bamboo, a material that is hypothesized to be earthquake proof. The healthpost was recently completed and benefits individuals from three different communities. It provides a safe space to deliver babies in sanitary conditions with skilled birth attendants. The Jalkini health post will serve as a model for health posts that will be replicated in other affected areas. 

It is no surprise that rebuilding after the earthquakes is a continuous process that will take several years and lots of resources. We at One Heart World-Wide are full of gratitude for your continued support throughout this process and look forward to updating you with many more success stories similar to Jalkini health post. 

Installing of Solar Suitcase
Installing of Solar Suitcase
Jalkini Health Post under construction
Jalkini Health Post under construction
Solar Suitcase
Solar Suitcase

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Feb 5, 2016

Giving the gift of safe births, now and onwards.

Training on proper use of Solar Suitcases
Training on proper use of Solar Suitcases

Achieving skilled attendance at every birth has emerged as a global priority, and women in high-risk regions are increasingly being encouraged to deliver in health facilities. This challenge is particularly acute in remote rural areas around the world. One Heart's Network of Safety model addresses the barriers that limit access to quality maternal and neonatal healthcare services at all levels of the existing local healthcare infrastructure, reducing the risk of maternal and neonatal deaths. We effect sustainable and long-term systemic changes based on an integration of local resources, local government officials, national policy makers, local communities and local healthcare providers, while respecting cultural norms and practices.  

There are currently 35 under-served districts in Nepal where the maternal and neonatal mortality rate is anywhere between 2 to 5 times higher than the national average. Currently, OHW is working to reduce these rates in five of these districts. Our 2016 New Year's Resolution is to expand to four additional districts. The funds raised from this project will be used on:  

 

  • Health education programs for medical providers: One Heart World-Wide implements training packages for healthcare providers in the community, primary healthcare facilities and referral hospitals to provide knowledge and skills to better manage the most common conditions of pregnancy/childbirth and newborns. These training packages include newborn care, birth preparedness, infections prevention training as well as skilled birth attendant training and advanced training programs for hospital staff. This approach rationalizes training along a continuum of care; from pregnancy through the newborn period and from the household level to the referral hospital level.
  • Health facility improvement: One Heart World-Wide upgrades the infrastructure, medical equipment and staffing of existing healthcare facilities to establish a network of certified birthing centers in strategic locations. In addition, we upgrade the referral hospitals into facilities where comprehensive emergency obstetric care can be accessed.
  • Community empowerment and health education for families: One Heart World-Wide integrates and empowers local stakeholders to become the drivers of change. Through community engagement activities, focus groups, collaboration with women’s groups and religious leaders we integrate community entrepreneurs at the grassroots level to design, implement and sustain the program. By working with local stakeholders, we empower local communities to own the program and be accountable for progress and sustainability.

 

Health facility made of bamboo (earthquake proof)
Health facility made of bamboo (earthquake proof)
OHW Skilled Birth Attendant conducting ANC checkup
OHW Skilled Birth Attendant conducting ANC checkup

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Dec 1, 2015

Autumn Update

Namaste!

Thank you for your generous support for Nepal in the six months since the earthquakes!  Your contributions have greatly aided our emergency response in Dhading and Sindhupalchok, where more than half of the existing birthing centers and health facilities were destroyed or severely damaged.

Damaged health facilities resulted in many deliveries being conducted in unsanitary conditions such as in tents or even on the streets, with reduced access to birthing centers compelling many mothers to give birth at home. In the months following the earthquake, One Heart’s emergency relief teams reported higher numbers of neonatal deaths and post-partum sepsis, one of the leading causes of death for mothers and newborns.

Drawing on its strong local knowledge and relationships, One Heart has met the Nepali government’s request to set up 20 fully-equipped temporary birthing tents in Dhading and Sindhupalchok, and plans to reinforce and renovate partially damaged facilities to meet certified birthing center standards. These tents have been essential points of accessible healthcare for many expecting mothers in the months since the earthquakes, equipped with skilled birth attendants, medical supplies, portable ultrasounds, and solar suitcases to provide reliable electricity.

Jyoti, 23, was pregnant with her third child when the earthquakes hit, demolishing her home and forcing her family to move into a temporary shelter. Married at 17 to a farmer, she says that lack of knowledge and access to healthcare in her remote village community dissuaded her from seeking prenatal care during previous pregnancies. She had been planning to visit the nearest birthing center for this pregnancy, but it was closed after the aftershocks, severely limiting her options, especially in transitional housing. After hearing of the temporary birthing centers from a shelter visit by a One Heart emergency team member, Jyoti was able to start attending check-ups in nearby Maidi with skilled birth attendant (SBA) Gita, and delivered a healthy baby girl on November 1.

Jyoti and women like her are able to have the clean, safe, attended births they need thanks to your support. As we put more permanent structures in place, the tents continue to serve as functional health posts, providing much needed services to women and children.

Thank you for your continued support!  

 
   

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