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
Jul 21, 2015

Progress in Nepal

Anu and her baby at home1
Anu and her baby at home1

Namaste!

Thank you so much for your generosity to the people of Nepal during this difficult time. Your generous support will help us to begin fixing the damaged health posts in the districts of Dhading and Sindhupalchok. When we do rebuild, we will build stronger structures that can withstand future quakes. We have already conducted needs assessments of the destroyed birthing centers and needs across both districts and plan to begin this process after the monsoon season ends this fall. 

In the meantime, One Heart World-Wide has been delivering essential medical supplies and installing fully-furnished, equipped, and staffed solar tents for deliveries in the areas where the health posts have been destroyed. They are already being widely used by villagers and have seen over 40 deliveries, and many more prenatal and postnatal check ups. The tents can be in place for up to 5 years and will be open on a 24-hour basis, staffed by skilled birth attendants around the clock. They are fully furnished and equipped for deliveries and basic medical treatments. 

I want to share with you today a story from one of the women who delivered in a tent recently:

Anu (photographed), 20, was seven months pregnant when the first earthquake struck. In addition to the struggle for basic human needs—food, shelter and clothing—in the wake of the disaster, Anu faced the daunting prospect of travel through her devastated country to a functioning facility for the birth of her daughter. Following the quake, One Heart installed a delivery tent in her hometown of Bhitmar, where Anu’s beautiful daughter was welcomed into the world on June 19, 2015. Anu was grateful to the health workers and supporters of One Heart for granting her and other new mothers access to prenatal care and a safe and hygienic birth.

Women like Anu will be able to deliver in the health posts that you helped build very soon. 

Thank you for your generous support! We look forward to reporting on construction in the coming months! 

Anu and her baby at home
Anu and her baby at home

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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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