Press Release: Local Maternal Health Pioneer Receives International Recognition

San Francisco, CA

“On Dec. 8, the Global Thinkers Forum has announced they will honor Arlene Samen, founder and president of One Heart World-Wide, for her organization’s work towards saving the lives of mothers and newborns around the world at their 2016 Awards for Excellence in London.

“We are delighted to celebrate the work of One Heart World-Wide and Arlene Samen,” said Elizabeth Filippouli, founder and CEO, Global Thinkers Forum. “Global Thinkers Forum selects for its Awards individuals and organizations who tirelessly dedicate efforts to improving other peoples’ lives. We have been impressed by the work of One Heart World-Wide and we are very keen to help them spread their mission to save as many lives of women and newborns around the world as possible.”

Arlene Samen is being recognized on behalf of One Heart World-Wide in the category of “Excellence in Women’s Empowerment” for her organization’s work to advance women’s health globally. In 1999, Arlene Samen answered the call of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to address the heavy burden of maternal mortality in his homeland of Tibet. Five years later, Arlene Samen established One Heart World-Wide and its proven, replicable and sustainable program model called the “Network of Safety,” which has greatly reduced both maternal and neonatal deaths in Tibet, Mexico and Nepal. As of 2016, One Heart World-Wide has reached more than 100,000 pregnant women in some of the world’s most remote, rural areas.

About One Heart World-Wide: One Heart World-Wide is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with over 15 years of experience implementing maternal and neonatal mortality prevention programs in the world's most remote areas, where healthcare services and resources are lacking and women often die alone at home giving birth. One Heart World-Wide saves the lives of mothers and newborns by establishing the “Network of Safety,” a model that addresses the geographical and sociocultural barriers that limit access to quality maternal and neonatal healthcare services. One Heart World-Wide partners with local stakeholders – including the mother and family, religious leaders, women’s groups, local and national government authorities and the medical community – to ensure that each component contributing to the health and wellbeing of the mother and newborn are empowered and capable during pregnancy and after birth.

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