One Heart World-Wide Reports No Maternal Deaths in Nepal, Mexico Service Areas

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Network of Safety, Extensive Training Saving Lives of Women, Infants in Indigenous Communities

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We believe that to save a mother is to save a culture. And while our work is not easy, it is a mother’s undue burden that drives us to provide families with the healthy birthing experience they deserve.

One Heart World-Wide (OHW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of women and infants in indigenous villages, today announced that there have been no maternal deaths in its service areas since the organization’s Network of Safety program began in Nepal in 2008 and in Mexico in 2009. OHW has also increased the number of women served in both countries, as well as the number of trainees. By working with local communities and health providers to develop a “Network of Safety” around families, OHW helps women in rural communities survive pregnancy and childbirth, and infants survive the first months of life.

“We believe that to save a mother is to save a culture. And while our work is not easy, it is a mother’s undue burden that drives us to provide families with the healthy birthing experience they deserve. This latest accomplishment in Mexico and Nepal is truly celebratory,” said One Heart World-Wide President and Founder Arlene Samen.

Every year around the world, 365,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth, three million infants are stillborn, and another three million die before they are a month old.[1,2] Ninety-nine percent of these deaths happen in low- and middle-income countries.[1] One Heart World-Wide has been active in Nepal for three years and in Mexico for two. The organization’s 2011 goal for the Tarahumara Region of Mexico is to train 100 community workers and reach at least 1,000 rural women. In Nepal this year, OHW expects their programs will train more than 300 outreach providers and reach at least 2,000 pregnant women and their families. By raising awareness, teaching safe birthing practices and distributing essential medical supplies, One Heart World-Wide is helping to put an end to easily preventable pregnancy- and delivery-related deaths in rural communities.

About One Heart World-Wide
Based on over ten years of experience in Tibet, One Heart World-Wide established an effective, replicable and sustainable model to reduce preventable deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth among remote rural indigenous populations. This model improves the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and infants that may not otherwise have access to medical or public health services due to socio-cultural barriers, limited personal resources or remote living conditions. The organization is based in San Francisco and can be reached at 415-379-4762.

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Deldelp Medina or Arlene Samen, One Heart World-Wide: 415-379-4762
Vanessa Bradford, c3PR: 408-730-8506, mobile 209-505-3690

1. World Health Organization. Maternal mortality: November 2010. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs348/en/

2. Levels and trends in child mortality; Report 2010 - Estimates developed by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation. New York, United Nations Children's Fund, 2010

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