Over the last several years, Health eVillages has grown to be one of Lwala’s most engaged partners. Health eVillages, a program of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, provides mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world. Our partnership with Health eVillages began when they provided iPods and iPads loaded with the Skyscape medical reference app to clinicians and community health workers in Lwala. Out of this effort, Health eVillages connected Lwala Community Alliance to Apple, who created a short documentary film highlighting Lwala’s innovative use of iPads and Skyscape as tools in recruiting and enrolling all pregnant women to participate in the entire continuum of maternal and child health care. The film is featured on Apple’s website as well as their YouTube channel and has received over 600,000 views to date. You may watch the film here.
This fall, Donato Tramuto, the Founder of Health eVillages, visited Lwala with other members of the Health eVillages team to see the work first hand. While there, he announced a grant award to support Lwala’s maternal and child health outreach program. Specifically, Health eVillage’s grant will help fund pre- and post-natal immunizations as part of Lwala’s Safe Babies program. “The rates of infant and maternal mortality in the Lwala region are high. Out of every 1,000 births, 95 babies die before their first birthday, more than ten times as many as in the U.S.,” said James Nardella, Lwala’s Executive Director. “Just $200 pays for pre- and post-natal care, including immunizations and patient education, for a mother and her child. The contribution from Health eVillages will help us provide potentially life-saving services for mothers and their babies in Migori County.”
In addition, Health eVillages invited Lwala Community Alliance to participate in the Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference held in Silicon Valley in September. This conference brings together health information technology experts who are creating cutting-edge innovation that is transforming health and health care. Finally, Health eVillages is currently supporting Lwala’s efforts to bring internet access to the community.
We are so thankful to Health eVillages for the multiple ways they are supporting the work in Lwala. For more information about Health eVillages, please click here!
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