Transparent Fish Fund granted $50,000 to One Heart World-Wide to fund the implementation of their Network of Safety Model in the district of Bhojpur for Phase 1 from November 2015-December 2016.
Network of Safety
One Heart developed the Network of Safety model with these features:
We know that this model is an effective approach to meet our goal of significantly reducing neonatal and maternal mortality rates because we have seen tremendous outcomes in the two districts where we have fully implemented our model.
Anticipated Grant Outcomes
Based on these impressive results from the first two districts in Nepal, we are confident that we can reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Bhojpur by at least 50% within the first three years of implementing our model there.
Other anticipated outcomes after a three year implementation period include:
· 15% increase in women receiving appropriate antenatal and prenatal care
· 10% increase in deliveries with a skilled birth attendant
· 12% increase in facility-based delivery
· 50% reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality
Use of Funds
The $50,000 grant will be used to partially fund the creation of a network of functioning facilities, and will assist with provision of medical equipment, infrastructure, and staffing. We will upgrade 8 health posts into functional birthing centers.
Funds will cover:
Case Story: Skilled Birth Attendant Rani
Rani is a Skilled Birth Attendant from the Salbaas birthing center who had provided birthing services in Chainpur, Salbaas. During the earthquakes, all of the proper supplies and equipment were buried and Rani had been conducting the deliveries without even the most basic equipment. Imagine trying to give birth under a tarp without any sort of ventilation, where random visitors and passerby are constantly watching you. Definitely not ideal, but the mothers agreed that it was better than nothing. This was the situation in Chainpur, Salbaas, before the One Heart World-Wide team was able to install a proper birthing tent there. After talking to Rani, we installed the tent in a location she agreed to. By the end of the day, we had not only installed the tent but also installed basic equipment necessary for a safe delivery. That very night, the new birthing tent welcomed the first of many babies into the world. A group of locals approached the tent assuming that we were health workers. Among them was a multigravida experiencing labor pains. She was immediately brought into the tent and examined by Rani, who was able to help this mother conduct a normal delivery with the help of the light from the solar suitcases, basic equipment, and supplies in the tent.
Rani and this mother’s experience have been echoed throughout both Dhading and Sindhupalchok districts, along with many additional locations that have experienced severe damage and are still reeling from the earthquakes. The tents that the One Heart World-Wide team has been installing, while not permanent, provide a space for safe deliveries while the long-term renovation plans are being finalized.
Field Report Q1 2016
One Heart World-Wide’s overall target for 2016 is to fully and/or partially upgrade and equip 15 to 20 birthing centers, train 30 to 40 Skilled Birth Attendants, and train approximately 780 community outreach providers. They have accomplished a lot in the recent months. Here are some highlights:
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