Saving the Lives of Moms & Babies Worldwide

Our Mission

“With One Heart and many hands, we turn back the tragic tide of birth-related deaths, driving systemic change to save the lives of mothers and their newborns, now and into the future."

– Arlene Samen, Founder and President of One Heart Worldwide


According to the World Health Organization, more than 830 women and 7,000 newborn infants die every day, mostly from preventable causes related to pregnancy and delivery.

Most of these deaths occur in low-resource home settings and could have been easily prevented with simple interventions such as having a Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) present at birth. Evidence shows that mothers and their newborns are most vulnerable during, and immediately after childbirth, with the vast majority of maternal and newborn deaths occurring within the first 24 hours after delivery.


Key to the success of our model, the Network of Safety, is the integration of existing governmental health infrastructure, interventions, and priorities. One Heart Worldwide works in close collaboration with various agencies of the government of Nepal at the Federal and Provincial level as well as with the local government in each of the municipalities we serve.