THE NETWORK OF SAFETY

 

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THIS MANUAL



LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

ANC - Antenatal Care
BC - Birthing Center
BPP - Miso Birth Preparedness Package with Misoprostol
CHD - Child Health Division
CME - Continued Medical Education
DoHS - Department of Health Services
EONC - Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care
FCHV - Female Community Health Volunteer
FHD - Family Health Division
HFOMC - Health Facility Operation and Management Committee
HMIS - Health Management Information System
HP - Health Post
INGO - International Non-Governmental Organization


Mhealth Mobile health technology

MMR - Maternal Mortality Ratio
MNH - Maternal and Neonatal Health
NGO - Non-Governmental Organization
NHTC - National Health Training Centre
NMR - Neonatal Mortality Rate
OHW - One Heart Worldwide
PNC - Postnatal Care
PPH - Postpartum Hemorrhage
SBA - Skilled Birth Attendant
SWC - Social Welfare Council

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

For over 20 years, One Heart World Wide has developed and continues to refine our flagship model, The Network of Safety , a culturally sensitive and community-based approach that focuses its efforts on the pregnant mother and her ability to access care during pregnancy and delivery. Even in some of the most rural, isolated, and underserved parts of the world where others said it couldn’t be done, we have been able to support communities in overcoming many of the obstacles that frequently prevent women from being able to deliver their babies in a safe clean environment with a skilled provider. It is my wish to impart the lessons we have learned in an effort to design a model which can save the lives of pregnant women and their newborns, no matter how remote they might live. Our model emphasizes an approach that includes the mother, her family, community, health care providers, government and policy makers, driving change at all levels . We involve key members of the community and integrate local culture and practices into every part of our programs. Just as importantly, we also work alongside government partners every step of the way. Rather than creating a parallel system in competition with local healthcare structures, OHW ensures that all programs align with national recommendations and build capacity within the existing health infrastructure, promoting local ownership at each step with the long-term goal of working ourselves out of a job. We hope that by sharing the lessons we have learned, we can provide you and your team with the guidance and tools necessary to design your unique Network of Safety . Approaching culture and development from an anthropological perspective makes our work more thoughtful and more effective overall - but it can also be overwhelming. When we think deeply about the many assumptions we bring to the table, within our own history, in addition to the history and culture of the communities we work with, deciphering how to “do good” can feel ethically fraught. Ultimately, the Network of Safety is designed to encourage a depth of engagement and skepticism of development practices through close collaborations focused on local stakeholders. Our primary goal is to remain humble, thoughtful listeners, true to our purpose – defending and promoting the right to health for all women and children. We have taken this model from the roof of the world in Tibet and Nepal, to the jungles of Ecuador, and the bottom of the Copper Canyon. We share these program details with the utmost humility and with a commitment to honesty, recognizing that our work is not perfect and that it must constantly evolve to meet new challenges and provide better, more compassionate, thoughtful solutions. Just as we are always looking to other organizations for inspiration and advice, we hope you will benefit from an understanding of our experiences, challenges, and successes. Finally, we hope you will be inspired, as we are, by the hard work of the many people working tirelessly towards the goal of ending maternal and neonatal deaths. We wish you success on your journey to save the lives of those most vulnerable.

With deep gratitude,

Arlene M. Samen, Founder/President

INTRODUCING THE NETWORK OF SAFETY MODEL

CORE TENEANTS OF THE NETWORK OF SAFETY

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NETWORK OF SAFETY

KEY MEMBERS OF THE NETWORK OF SAFETY

SUSTAINABLE FINANCING

FINAL THOUGHTS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS