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
Mar 25, 2015

Dhading Birthing Center Preparations are Underway, Thanks to you!

One Heart staff meeting with District Partners
One Heart staff meeting with District Partners

 

Dear NAME,

I am so pleased to write to you today and report on your gift toward establishing a new birthing center in a remote part of Nepal’s Dhading district.

Your support will make a tremendous difference in the lives of the pregnant women of Dhading district who will soon be able to access lifesaving care for their pregnancies and deliveries. Access to a trained skilled health provider with the proper equipment and supplies to assist during complicated deliveries often means the difference between life and death.

We have already selected the 10 birthing centers that will be upgraded this year, and we are in the process of conducting in-depth facility assessments in each community to ensure that we are very familiar with each center and its specific needs. We are also conducting discussions with the local communities to assess the ability of each community to participate in the building renovation process (most communities provide labor and some of the building materials). As the individual assessments are completed, we purchase the medical equipment and supplies needed to upgrade each birthing center (once the physical renovations of the building are complete). This process is lengthy as we do a very thorough job to only buy what is needed, go where the need is greatest, assess community participation and, most importantly ensure the birthing center’s long-term success.

We will be sure to send photographs and a progress report of the “after” once construction has been completed in the coming months. 

With deep gratitude,

 

Arlene Samen
Founder & Executive Director

Renovated Birthing Center in Another District
Renovated Birthing Center in Another District
May 5, 2014

Thank you GlobalGiving!

Mother and Baby
Mother and Baby

Part of the One Heart World-Wide model is to ensure long-term sustainability of the projects we implement by ensuring that local staff and volunteers are prepared to independently manage programs, ensuring stable funding sources, and making sure that the community stakeholders are invested in our mission. We are pleased to announce that we have identified a great partner that has the not only the ability to fund the program in its entirety, but is also dedicated to the mission of saving lives and educating the indigenous people of the Copper Canyon. We are confident that we are leaving our Mexico program in very good hands as we transition into a role of providing technical assistance and evaluation of the work we began there.

Our new partner, Fundación Vida Digna, a foundation funded by Interceramic, S.A. will be incorporating the Network of Safety model into their mission. Fundación Vida Digna currently works in rural areas of the Copper Canyon and has provided education and health services to these communities for over 10 years. Interceramic is one of the largest tile companies in the world, and we are thrilled that they share our passion to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes for indigenous communities in the Copper Canyon. This is an opportunity to expand our projects to a larger scale within the state of Chihuahua and to more efficiently provide services to the communities at the highest risk there. We are excited to embark on this new partnership with them. 

Because the process of creating a new partnership can be time-consuming, we have dedicated much of the past three months to fine-tuning our plan to satisfy the needs and goals of both One Heart and Vida Digna, while maximizing benefit to the Tarahumara people. Despite being busy with planning details, we have been able to provide refresher courses for 60 community volunteers from the municipality of Guachochi in basic prenatal care. By the end of this year we will have trained at least 4 more groups of 60 people each, totaling 300 community volunteers. We expect the number of volunteers trained to increase steadily next year, therefore enabling us to reach out to larger numbers of women in need of improved access to maternal and newborn care.

As part of the new strategy, we have decided that outreach health workers will participate in a new motivation program. Outreach workers present the largest support for our community volunteers, and through them, volunteers are able to learn the difficulties faced in rural communities. The outreach workers will attend at least one One Heart training every three months so that they can share their first-hand experiences of working with people in the communities so that volunteers may learn more about the people and the environment they live in. Additionally, we will hold two trainings for health personnel covering Emergency Obstetrics, Helping Babies Breath and the use of ultrasound this year. These trainings will cover at least 80 health workers. Right now, they are working on building a new birthing center in Urique to provide a safe space for women to deliver with midwives in the Canyon.

We are certain that our new partnership will bring excellent results by the end of this year, and for that we are very excited. Your help has been essential, not only to this process, but to the entire project. The funds we have received has allowed us to continue to train health workers and volunteers and to provide much-needed support needed to the Tarahumara communities in the Copper Canyon while we plan for the future of the program. One Heart World-Wide and all of our staff are very proud of the work that has been done under our watch. We have trained hundreds of community volunteers and health professionals, learned from the local communities, and improved birth outcomes for women and newborns in the Copper Canyon. We are incredibly grateful for the support of the GlobalGiving community – we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you from the One Heart World-Wide family.

This will be the final report for this project. If you would like to continue to support our work in Nepal, please take a look at our project Saving lives, one birth at a time: http://goto.gg/8860

Newborn Care Training
Newborn Care Training
Master Trainer, Carlos, and Community Volunteers
Master Trainer, Carlos, and Community Volunteers
Birthing Center being built in Urique
Birthing Center being built in Urique
Certified Volunteers
Certified Volunteers

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Jan 23, 2014

Happy New Year! Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Tarahumara girl and infant
Tarahumara girl and infant

As we move forward into a new year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on all that was accomplished over the past 12 months.

In 2013, a total of 390 Community Health Volunteers and 365 Health Providers were trained. An additional 200 health workers participated in trainings on Multiculturalism and Humanization of Obstetric Care, and the first symposium on the same topic offered in the state of Chihuahua.

In other news, One Heart World-Wide worked with our local government partners to provide food incentives to all Community Health Volunteers. This allows us to offer thanks and compensation to our volunteers and increases the sustainability of our model. Volunteers are able to provide for their families in exchange for their time and dedication, which both increases volunteers ability to continue to work with us and improves the health of their families and communities.

Another huge milestone for our programs in 2013 was the approval of the use of Misoprostol in the communities of the Sierra Tarahumara. One Heart World-Wide has been incorporating Misoprostol into our programs as an effective means of postpartum hemorrhage prevention and management in Tibet and Nepal. However, due to regulations regarding Misoprostol in Mexico, it has not been available for use outside of larger hospitals until recently. Through advocating for its use in rural areas, One Heart was able to work with the state government to allow Community Health Workers to use the life-saving drug to manage postpartum hemorrhage. Misoprostol is ideal for use in remote locations as it can be administered in a pill form and does not require refrigeration such as similar injectable drugs that are commonly used for postpartum hemorrhage management. One Heart is excited that Community Health Workers will now also be able to administer the drug when necessary, and will continue to work with the goverment manage its use. The expanded reach of Misoprostol will help prevent many women from dying in childbirth, as postpartum hemorrhage is the most common cause of maternal deaths in the region. This development shows the strong collaboration that exists between OHW and the state government, and the shared goal to eradicate maternal deaths in the Copper Canyon.

We also wanted to share an anecdote from last year that we found particularly inspiring:

Ángel and Feliciana are One Heart Mexico volunteers. We spoke with Ángel recently and he confessed to us that when his wife, Feliciana, first began volunteering with One Heart, he did not believe in the program. Some months later, as he saw the positive changes that his wife’s commitment was brining to the community, Ángel changed his mind and decided that he, too, wanted to get involved. He was familiar with the small center where his wife and other volunteers held their meetings and gave talks. The small cement room did not have a roof and activities were often cancelled due to rain, strong winds, and other extreme climate conditions common to the canyons. Weather rendered many volunteer activities impossible in the winter months. Wanting to help, Ángel took three weeks of his time to build a roof and reconstruct the community center. Today the center is bigger and better. Volunteers gather there often for meetings and to host health education talks on Sundays. The small building has become an important center of active and ongoing community participation. Ángel now feels very proud to be helping the women in his town and finally feels empowered to make a difference in his community. He has also become a community volunteer, making community visits to deliver clean birth kits and safe motherhood messages to help ensure healthier outcomes for pregnant women and newborns in the Sierras.

We are very excited about our accomplishments in 2013 and we are looking forward to many more successes in the year ahead. Thank you for your continued support and your part in making our work possible.

Thanks!

Master Trainer training community volunteers
Master Trainer training community volunteers
OH Staff working with community volunteer
OH Staff working with community volunteer
Community Center upgraded by Angel
Community Center upgraded by Angel
Feliciana demonstrating use of blood pressure cuff
Feliciana demonstrating use of blood pressure cuff

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