Nashville, Tenn. — Nine years after the creation of Lwala Community Alliance, the Nashville community will gather on Thursday, April 28, at the Loveless Barn, to celebrate, “Lwala 2020: Towards Wholeness of Life.” This event is presented by the Health eVillages-Healthways Community Outreach Program and The Honorable Bill and Tracy Frist.
Event special guests include Donato Tramuto (CEO, Healthways and Founder & Chairman, Health eVillages), Kerry Kennedy (President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights), Dr. Milton Ochieng’ (Co-founder, Lwala Community Alliance), and Mercy Owuor (Lwala Community Alliance Community Health Programs Director). Special music will be performed by East Nashville-based artist Marc Scibilia.
In 2007, Milton and Fred Ochieng’ fulfilled their father’s dream by building their village’s first health facility. So much has happened since that time, and Lwala is a different place than it used to be. Since 2011, the percent of pregnant mothers in Lwala’s catchment area delivering with a skilled health professional has skyrocketed from 26% to 97%. Two expansions of the Lwala Community Hospital have been completed, and a team of more than 80 Community Health Workers has been deployed to enroll all pregnant mothers in treatment and care.
However, there is much more to accomplish. In a population where under-5 mortality is still 20 times higher than the U.S., Lwala Community Alliance has a mandate to extent its focus beyond early infant morality. To accomplish this, babies must be born safely and then, as they grow, protected from the most common regional threats of mortality: malaria, HIV, diarrhea, pneumonia, measles, injury, and malnutrition.
Join us for an evening to celebrate our successes and learn about our vision for the way forward. Proceeds from the event will be directed to Lwala’s all-out effort to cut under-5 mortality to 50% of the county average.
You can help us sustain our existing programs and roll out further initiatives by making a donation now.