One Heart World-Wide works closely with the government of Nepal, partnering with the Family and Child Health Division of the Ministry of Health.
Our program goals align with the priorities and policies of the Nepali public healthcare system in the districts we serve. One Heart World-Wide does not establish a parallel healthcare system; our model is endorsed at the local, regional and national levels. This approach ensures there is a continuum of care from the antenatal period to the postnatal period of a pregnancy, and from the household level to the district level. We build local capacity and expand the outreach of the government-supported healthcare infrastructure to ensure that every women and every newborn has access to the quality healthcare they deserve, anytime and anyplace.
Specifically, delineated in a formal contract with the Nepali government, One Heart World-Wide commits to:
- Provide initial training, medical equipment and supplies to implement appropriate maternal and neonatal health programs in specific districts
- Renovate, upgrade and stock existing health facilities to become certified birthing centers
- Train government healthcare providers to become certified Skilled Birth Attendants (SBAs)
- Train health workers and Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) as front-line health workers for maternal and newborn health
The Nepali government commits to:
- Sponsor follow-up training for certified SBAs, health workers, and FCHVs
- Pay salaries for health workers and SBAs working in upgraded birthing centers
- Provide medical equipment replacements after OHW leaves a district
- Continue to provide financial incentives to pregnant women seeking services in certified birthing centers
By working closely with government and training local stakeholders, we ensure our programs are empowering to communities and set up systems that are sustainable beyond One Heart World-Wide involvement.
OUR COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
Our programs depend on significant community involvement.
We collaborate with mothers’ groups, religious leaders and other community groups, so they are the ones to design, implement and sustain OHW programs. We partner with local health facilities and management committees to oversee accurate program implementation. Specifically, these stakeholders ensure proper utilization of birthing centers long-term, which is especially important in remote, rural locations where the central district government often does not have as much reach.
By working with these local stakeholders, One Heart World-Wide integrates local communities to become the drivers of systemic change and innovation, and to be accountable for long-term progress and sustainability in their own communities.
In addition to our foundational partnerships, One Heart World-Wide is privileged to partner with an ever-evolving team of contributing organizations. All make an invaluable contribution to the lives of women, children and communities around the world.