Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies & Hopeful Hearts
Help us save moms and babies! We have saved 4,424 lives & counting: 2,212 Healthy Moms, 2,212 Healthy Babies & Thousands of hopeful hearts.
About Your Organization
Glory Reborn Org.
Country where this project is creating social impact
Is your organization a
Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization
How long has your organization been operating?
More than 5 years
Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them
References - Please provide two references with a two-sentence biography, email address, and phone number for each
Matt Lubetich - an international businessman who has seen the duality of society in the Philippines and the effect that Glory Reborn is having on maternal and newborn healthcare. firstname.lastname@example.org - +1-310-779-8939
Ron Action - a successful businessman with knowledge and expertise in hospital management, financial planning and many other areas. email@example.com - +1-915-833-6488
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Select the stage that best applies to your solution
Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)
How long have you been in operation?
Operating for more than 5 years
Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
Reducing maternal & infant mortality. Maternal mortality is the MDG that the Philippines is least likely to achieve according to UNFPA: http://www.unfpa.org/public/News/pid/2452 - still at 230 / 100,000 live births women are said to have one foot in the grave when they are pregnant. Accessibility to quality care is the main problem - the public system is overcrowded & underfunded - 3 women per bed in OB wards and only OB residents to staff hospitals, the private system is too expensive for those most likely to die. Therefore only 60% of births are attended by a skilled healthcare professional. Adolescent fertility and fertility rates are some of the highest in Asia, so without addressing this issue, women will continue to die. If we can create Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies will follow.
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
High quality, affordable, accessible maternity care. (long-term: complete women's care) In 8 years of operation, we have provided this type of care to nearly 3,000 women & have had 0 maternal deaths. (Statistically, we should have had 6.9.) Accessibility is key, we are able to reach the communities that are at the highest risk: those living in dumpsites, graveyards & sex workers by going beyond our walls. We build continuity into our care, so our clients trust us. We educate all of our clients to empower them for a hopeful future using an education module system - including reproductive health. We implement structured prenatal care & labs/ultrasound to properly screen our clients and refer high risk cases. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are fully staffed to provide quality care. We also provide STI/HIV screening & advocate for this growing concern. A patient once said "It is like the private hospital, just without the bill." This model is able to scale & replicate.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
The foundation of our model is incentivizing quality healthcare for both clients and providers (staff). Over time, the limited capacity of our facility creates a strong incentive for clients to enroll in our program early. Unless enrolled in prenatal care, a client cannot deliver at our facility. Further once clients are enrolled, prenatal attendance is monitored. They are allowed 3 absences - if they fail to inform us or reschedule their appointment they cannot deliver. A cascading notification system is in place to ensure that the client is contacted after each absence - the final including a home visit from their social worker. We thereby have improved the frequency & quality of care by utilizing the delivery as an incentive for continued prenatal care. We enacted a similar model to ensure newborns were vaccinated as we noticed clients would not return 2 weeks+ after delivery. We therefore created a baby shower (party) the month after their delivery - in which they get free cake and baby outfits and we were able to vaccinate their infants. We incentivize the providers quality of care by implementing a continuity based system, which allows providers to see the same patient throughout their pregnancy. This frequency has led to a deeper relationship between the providers and their clients in which they are now personally and emotionally invested in the outcome. We are able to support the model through donations - the incentive for donors is simple: save 2 lives for $365 - that's just $1 a day. Long-term subsidy could also come from minimal charges to clients.
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
The public & private systems are involved in the needs we are addressing. The private sector is looking to profit and for this marginalized sector the benefit is not that great, however as the economy develops more clients will be able to afford private care. The challenge is to ensure that the quality of private care continues to progress and that clients are not just numbers. The public system will hopefully progress & part of our goal is collaboration - however egos, politics and other factors continue to derail even the best intent. The decision makers in both regards are out of touch with what is actually happening on the ground and we therefore are able to differentiate by our accessibility. The public & private sector could pose challenges to growth as we are viewed as competition.
This Entry is about (Issues)
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.
My wife did part of her midwifery training in Cebu, Philippines - where she worked in a clinic that was beside a graveyard in which some 500 families lived. She gained a wealth of experience & returned to the US to finish her degree when the clinic closed. She began to practice as a midwife in the US & then realized one day that on average she could help 12 - 20 American women have "nice births" per year, with candles, music & family in their homes or she could move to the Philippines and save thousands of lives! We got married & a month later moved to Cebu to start small: she, with local midwives, provided prenatal care & education in our apartment. One morning I happened upon a pregnant women on the street & convinced her to visit the midwives. My wife then informed me that she was in labor & a few hours later in our spare bedroom the 1st baby of Glory Reborn was born. We scaled & thankfully found another apartment for the clinic! 8 years later, we've delivered over 2,200 babies!
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
Our goal is to create: Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies & Hopeful Hearts. Our first objective is the mom, if we can help her, educate her, empower her, then we can influence the outcome of the baby. We can then continue to educate the mom about the baby, vaccinate and care for the infant and they have a good start to life! We mix in compassion and hope to ensure that when our patients leave, they are smiling and looking forward to a brighter tomorrow. We'd love to have centers all over the world achieving this goal! Our goal is also growing: we want to provide accessible, affordable, quality healthcare to women in Cebu (and the rest of the world) - including an OR, full women's healthcare, and specialty care for STI/HIV.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
2,212 Healthy Moms.
2,212 Health Babies.
4,424 Hopeful Hearts & Lives Saved. (Oct 2011 numbers)
These numbers certainly speak of the quantity of our impact, however this quantity is only deliveries within our clinic, we have had countless other clients receive care however have needed more than we can provide (OR/NICU, etc.) in which we refer them and subsidize their care outside of our facility. We have partnered with the public health system, by making donations of equipment to the hospitals and health centers in order to have a broader impact, we have even influenced doctors in the public system to attempt to implement our standards to address the problems. We have educated & empowered women on health topics including reproductive health and supported their decisions in the matter. We also employ 30 Filipinos, whose impact is not only reaching our clients but also their own families. Our first baby, John Dave just turned 8, so let us not forget that the impact begins with one.
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
We project to continue our current model and maintain a similar impact in the next five years, approximately 2,765 lives saved in our current facility. We also plan to expand our services offered to include an OR & other facilities that would allow us to save an additional 600 lives that would otherwise be referred out of our facility as well as dramatically increase the quality of services we are offering. Our goal is to expand our own facility both medically as well as establish it as a training center for medical professionals who have a similar vision. We hope to train, develop and send out teams that would establish centers throughout the world once this facility is done - estimated 4 years before the 1st team would be ready - which will multiply the impact.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Funding is the primary barrier - in addition to the operating cost, which are minimal: 2011 $175,000.00, property and buildings are costly and expansion is time consuming. We are planning a capital campaign to overcome this barrier. We also need to raise awareness to our cause to increase donations to our operating cost.
Leaders - we work in a country that is known for their #1 export: human capital. This contributes to a difficult time in maintaining and developing leaders who would share the vision. We still believe in training and empowering Filipino healthcare providers and will continue to do so to overcome this. We are also looking to recruit foreign providers that would make long-term commitments to the vision.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
To have our capital campaign started with budgets and locations for property and building.
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Research, inquire and establish relationship with the key individuals for the property & building: owner, architect, contractor
Develop and launch the capital campaign, including new donor development, milestones & partners in key locations
Negotiate and establish contracts for involved parties for land, building and licensing.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
To have raised 40% of the capital campaign.
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Develop and host events and meetings with new donors to present and ask for the capital campaign.
Raise funds for the capital campaign, without neglecting the ongoing operation funding campaigns.
Ask. Ask. Ask. Rinse & Repeat.
Tell us about your partnerships
We currently have partnerships with local healthcare providers, including private doctors, private hospitals, private laboratories and public hospitals and laboratories. These partnerships reduce our costs as well as provide opportunity for our clients. We also have partnered with the Philippine Department of Health in a pilot project to provide care to the barangay with the highest maternal mortality - however ego & politics are slowing the progress.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
We have visited Cambodia and are looking to target the population there, specifically the outskirts of Phnom Penh or regional areas. Maternal mortality is also high in Cambodia and based on our initial visits, accessibility is also a problem.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
We desire to maintain many aspects of our current environment - specifically the social and emotional aspects - a close knit community of providers and clients, an open and honest work environment, in which ideas can be shared and nurtured as well as criticized constructively. Quality and focus on detail is also important as we expand. We want to improve our quality, not just maintain which we need to develop an organization that is able to grow and not stagnate. We also want to have a strong leadership development program - one of our biggest failures is our staff attrition and we want to address that in order to make this innovation successful.
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