Today is World AIDS Day, which aims to raise HIV awareness, promote prevention, and fight for a cure.
Here at Lwala, health is at the very center of our programs. Our region is a hotspot for HIV infections, with HIV rates triple the national average. Out of every 1,000 births, 95 babies will die before their 1st birthday—more than 10 times as many in the U.S. We are dedicated to bringing these numbers down and bringing the health of our community up. We’re aiming for an AIDS-free generation.
Lwala was founded by a community fed-up with the HIV crisis. Milton and Fred Ochieng’ saw their parents die of HIV and led their community to build a holistic program ensuring that no child become orphaned because of HIV and no child start life HIV positive.
We track and support every pregnant mother, child under 5, and person living with HIV with a community-led approach. This concept is yielding extreme health outcomes, including an increase of 26% to 97% in skilled deliveries, rates of mother-to-child HIV transmission nearing ZERO, and the provision of treatment and care for 1,107 HIV+ clients—a 15% increase from 2014.
All of this is possible because of your help. We want to continue this progress and on behalf of #WorldAIDSday, we encourage you to join the cause today. Give now and spread the message of #HIVprevention with your friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to help raise awareness, educate, and support!
You can help us sustain our existing programs and roll out further initiatives by making a donation now.