One Heart improves the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and newborns that may not otherwise have access to medical or public health services due to socio-cultural barriers, limited personal resources, or living remotely.
Our life-saving skills programs were initially established in the late 1990’s in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. During our time in Tibet, One Heart World-Wide experienced a number of significant successes in collaboration with the Lhasa Prefecture Health Bureau and the Women’s Federation. Over the last ten years, we were able to decrease unattended home births from 85% to 20%, mostly by ensuring the presence of a Skilled Birth Attendant at delivery. In 2008, in the two counties where One Heart World-Wide was working, the Lhasa Prefecture Health Bureau reported no maternal deaths and newborn death rates dropped from 10% to 3% since the start of the One Heart World-Wide project.
Based on our experience, One Heart World-Wide developed an effective, replicable and sustainable model to reduce preventable deaths related to pregnancy and delivery among vulnerable rural populations. Simply put, we work with local communities and local health providers to develop a culturally appropriate Network of Safety around mothers and infants, by renovating remote birthing centers, training Skilled Birth Attendants, and distributing essential supplies (such as clean birthing kits) to ensure that mothers and infants survive delivery and the first months of life. The Network of Safety is tailored to the local cultural context and interventions are aimed simultaneously at several different levels to ensure continuity of care for the mothers and infants.
The demonstrated success of our model has lead us to expand our operations to other sites in need including the Baglung and Dolpo Districts in Western Nepal, and the Copper Canyon in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Help us bring the Network of Safety to more vulnerable women and their newborns. We are expanding our reach within our current program countries in addition to increasing partnerships with other non-profits by offering technical assistance and expertise to allow the Network of Safety to spread across the globe.