One Heart World-Wide Programs
Nepali women risk their lives to give birth In Nepal, almost all (90%) pregnant women deliver their babies at home. The poorest families have no access to prenatal care or any Skilled Birth Attendant to help them deliver. Every day, 12 Nepali women die in childbirth, nearly half of them bleeding to death. The problem is not that there are not hospitals in Nepal. There are several regional hospitals staffed with highly trained medical professionals. The problem is that these centers are open only during business hours and the roads to get to them are often impassable. Many Nepali women live hours or even days from the nearest road or transportation to the hospital. Based on our successful program in Tibet, we have partnered with SWAN, the Social Welfare Association of Nepal, to launch a Pregnancy and Village Outreach Training (PAVOT) program in the Baglung District in Western Nepal. Soon the 250,000 people living in rural communities scattered along the foothills of the Himalayas will have the resources and training to help women survive childbirth and give their babies a chance to live.
In the Mexican state of Chihuahua there are 62 maternal deaths for every 100,000 pregnant women. Matters are even worse in Sierra Tarahumara, where the indigenous people suffer from one of the highest rates of maternal and infant mortality rates in North America. According to the Center for Development of Indigenous People, more than 90 percent of the Tarahumaras live in small settlements of 2 to 10 families with no sewage or electricity. Half are illiterate and speak only their unique dialect. Due to the rural nature of the area many are days from the closest health facility. As a result the Tarahumaras have 10 times more disease than the rest of Mexico. Death is their constant companion, with 44 to 60 percent of Tarahumaran children dying before their fifth birthday from malnutrition and disease. We are working with local Tarahumaran communities to raise awareness, teach good practices, train local health care providers and distribute Clean-and-Safe Birth Kits. Our culturally relevant program builds the capacity of local people to prevent childbirth-related deaths now and for future generations as well.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We make sure that your dollars make a difference. By funding our Network of Safety you will ensure that women and infants lives are saved. We use affordable, replicable, and easily portable equipment and devices that work in the rural settings we work in. All with one goal to: save lives. So whether you help us buy birth kits, prenatal vitamins, emergency delivery equipment or to train health care workers and the local communities your money is well spent. The need is great but our dedication has proven to make a difference. We believe that every mother deserves a baby to cradle, not a tiny body to bury.