Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.
Through a new documentary short film, Apple is highlighting the innovative work of Lwala Community Alliance. We couldn’t be more proud of our team in Lwala, Kenya.
The film tells the Lwala Community Alliance story of transforming maternal health care in Kenya. Because of our commitment to help women and babies, 95% percent of pregnant women deliver their babies at a health facility with a skilled nurse, up from 26% three years ago. This is a remarkable impact in a place where infants are 15 times more likely to die than infants in the U.S.
Apple’s documentary short follows Okari Denzil, a community health nurse, as he conducts outreach by motorcycle to women in the villages surrounding Lwala. The story also highlights our innovative use of iPads and Skyscape, a medical reference app, as tools in recruiting and enrolling all pregnant women to participate in the entire continuum of maternal and child health care.
In a place like Lwala, where 1 in 5 people are HIV positive, providing health care is a challenge. Through our rural hospital, nurses on motorcycles, and community health workers, we reach nearly 100% of pregnant women with the health care they need. We dream of a day soon when every baby is born HIV free. The innovation that drives our success is neighborliness – the faithfulness of local Kenyans reaching out to other community members and inviting them to connect with health services. When you meet our nurse Okari, the subject of the film produced by Apple, you know he is driven by a deep-seated care for his neighbors. Technology, like the iPad and apps like Skyscape, builds on the power of this neighborliness and extends its potential. We are grateful that Apple has chosen to share the story of neighbors reaching neighbors in Lwala, Kenya.
You can help us sustain our existing programs and roll out further initiatives by making a donation now.
October 30th, 2014
Lwala Board Fellow and Vanderbilt Medical Student Jon Andereck shares about his recent time in Lwala. http://lwalacommunityalliance.org/2014/10/vanderbilt-medical-student-recounts-time-in-lwala/
Vanderbilt Medical Student Recounts Time in Lwala
The midday sun beat down on our necks as we walked the red clay road through Kuna district. Obel, the director of public health, led the het