Impact partner profile

One Heart Worldwide

Saving the lives of mothers and newborns worldwide

One Heart Worldwide
Est. since
Location of HQ
1818 Pacheco Street San Francisco, CA 94116, United States of America
Partnership date with Thankyou
July 2016
Area of focus
Maternal and Newborn Health

At their core, One Heart Worldwide believes that all women and newborns should receive the quality healthcare services they deserve during pregnancy and childbirth, any time and any place. Their goal is to reduce the risk of maternal and neonatal mortality by improving access to, and the utilisation of, healthcare services in remote, rural areas.

Every 107 seconds, a woman around the world dies due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Every 14 seconds, a newborn baby dies. Most of these deaths occur in low-resource settings without a Skilled Birth Attendant, and could have been prevented with simple interventions. Studies show that the greatest burden of maternal and perinatal mortality is clustered around the time of birth, with the majority of deaths occurring within the first 24 hours after delivery. To help communities create an effective continuum of maternal and newborn health services, One Heart Worldwide implements a Network of Safety model. The model aims to strengthen the existing healthcare system to create an equitable system, where all women and newborns receive the quality healthcare services they deserve.

The Network of Safety approach involves skills transfer, community engagement, and facility upgrades within low-resource communities. Their sustainable model is grounded in deep respect for local culture and participation, and is fully aligned with local priorities. The government and local communities also co-invest in the delivery of One Heart Worldwide's program, and once outcome goals are achieved, they fully maintain this approach, ensuring long-term impact sustainability. As a result of their years of work, One Heart Worldwide’s programs are transforming Maternal and Newborn Health care in rural Nepal. Three years after their pilot programs in Baglung and Dolpa, maternal and newborn deaths in the regions decreased by 89% and 87%, respectively. Both of these districts now have the necessary infrastructure, led exclusively by their local governments, to deliver quality Maternal and Newborn Health services to 18,200 mothers and newborns annually. Now, the team impacts approximately 150,000 mothers and newborns annually in 36 rural districts across Nepal.

Type of grant funding given

Core impact goals

Expanding their reach

One Heart Worldwide aim to support Nepal’s national plan to provide quality Maternal and Newborn Health services to all rural, pregnant women and their newborn infants. By the end of 2021, they aim to have impacted over 360,000 pregnancies in Nepal over the twelve years of the program.

Increasing maternal and newborn health services utilisation

Measured by the number of births attended by a trained health care provider, as well as the number of institutional deliveries, One Heart Worldwide aim to increase observed, and maintained, service utilisation by 30% in all districts who’ve completed three years of their program.

Decreasing maternal and neonatal mortality

One Heart Worldwide are aiming to see a 50% observed, and maintained, decline in maternal and neonatal mortality in districts that have been a part of the program for six or more years and which the team have since exited.

Increasing government participation

One Heart Worldwide are working towards 80% of local municipalities increasing their funding share for birthing centre renovations to 50% (from the current 35% that exists in all municipalities). They are also working to have 100% of their municipality partners prioritise Maternal and Newborn Health by setting aside budgets specifically earmarked for this purpose.

Impact milestones

One Heart Worldwide aims to reach the following impact milestones over the course of Thankyou’s grant period (12 months):

1. Improve the local demand for Maternal and Newborn Health services by training 2,217 community outreach providers

2. Improve local health care providers Maternal and Newborn Health knowledge and skills by training 77 new Skilled Birth Attendants and providing Continued Medical Education to 719 medical providers

3. Improve the local Maternal and Newborn Health infrastructure by upgrading 129 health facilities into fully functioning birthing centres and providing supplemental equipment to 31 birthing centres

4. Improve the quality of care provided in rural birthing centres by providing Quality Of Care support to 155 birthing centres, and supplemental support to 120

5. Develop the local community engagement by training 1,300 local stakeholders to manage the newly upgraded birthing centres, providing technical support to 71 local municipalities, and mobilising 199 local community groups

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