The population of Dolpa district consists of about 40,000 people living in very remote rural communities in the foothills of the Himalayas. Most women have no pregnancy-related contact with modern health services and maternity services are under-utilized and low in quality. About 90% of all deliveries occur at home and less than 5% of all deliveries are attended by trained personnel.
One Heart World-Wide will train 300 community health volunteers and 10 midwifes in life-saving skills for pregnancy and delivery. We also provide equipment to our trainees, equip 4 birthing centers in remote locations and facilitate emergency evacuation of obstetric emergencies. The trained personnel encourages and facilitates the access of pregnant women to essential services for pregnancy and delivery.
Our programs aim to increase by at least 30% the following proportions; women who receive at least three prenatal care visits; women who are taking prenatal supplements; and deliveries attended by a trained birth attendants. Among the women who deliver at home, we are aiming to increase the number of women delivering with a clean and safe birth kit by at least 50%.