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Press Release – Lwala Community Alliance
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Danielle Maltby, a Star of ABC’s 21st Season of The Bachelor, Visits Rural Western Kenya to Help Mothers and Children with Lwala Community Alliance

Migori County, Kenya – July 3, 2017 –  Danielle Maltby, a neonatal nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a contestant on the 21st season of the Bachelor on ABC, will be visiting at Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala) in Migori County Kenya. From July 5th until July 16th, Danielle will be learning from the clinicians on site and contributing her knowledge from her own professional experiences, as well. In effort to reduce child mortality, Danielle will be encouraging her fans to help raise $10,000 to cover the costs associated with providing care to 200 children.

Lwala is a community-led innovator operating in Migori County in rural western Kenya, a location with acute health challenges. Although the region faces high rates of maternal and child mortality, Lwala has seen dramatic outcomes as a result of their work, including a 64% reduction in under-5 mortality compared to the regional average. Danielle will be using this opportunity to learn how Lwala’s community-led health model has led to drastic and lasting results. Her knowledge from her experiences as a neonatal nurse at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee will provide valuable insight for the staff at Lwala.

“I am excited to contribute to the mission of Lwala however I can and am looking forward to the opportunity to learn from so many talented people,” Said Danielle. “My original inspiration for becoming a nurse was the idea of helping mothers and children around the world. Learning from an organization like Lwala that demonstrates an innovative and effective model to rural health challenges is a great opportunity for me.”

Lwala Community Alliance has seen incredible impact since their founding by a group of community members 10 years ago in response to facing a dual crisis of HIV and maternal mortality. The community organized and donated community land and resources to build their region’s first health clinic. Two brothers from the community, Milton and Fred Ochieng’, catalyzed Vanderbilt University and a community in the US to join the effort. Today, Lwala is much more than a hospital. Lwala supports people to address the intersectionality of poverty and public health to advance their own comprehensive well-being.

“The story of Lwala is showing that community members are uniquely positioned to design solutions to the stickiest challenges, and their innovations hold the key to transformative, sustainable, systemic change,” said Julius Mbeya, Managing Director of Lwala Community Alliance. “We are excited to have Danielle come out to our community to learn from our staff while also sharing her own expertise.”

Due to her desire to contribute to the success of Lwala, Danielle has set a goal to raise $10,000 to contribute to the maternal and child health programs at Lwala Community Alliance. Along with sharing her experiences and what she has learned from Lwala, she will be updating her audience about reaching her fundraising goal that will impact the lives of children in Lwala’s communities. Follow Danielle on Instagram (@dmmaltby) to stay updated on her experience in Migori County, Kenya with Lwala Community Alliance.

About Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala): Lwala Community Alliance is a community-led innovator operating in rural western Kenya. Lwala partners with communities to source, measure, and share bottom-up innovations. As a Vanderbilt-affiliated organization, Lwala is building an evidence base proving that local solutions are uniquely positioned to transform health systems. We are in an all-out effort to cut maternal and child moralities, and are on an ambitious path to reach 1 million people.

To learn more about Lwala Community Alliance, see http://www.lwalacommunityalliance.org and visit us on Facebook (@lwalacommunity), Instagram (@lwalacommunity), and Twitter (@lwalacommunity).


Contact Details:

Kenya Contact
Julius Mbeya
Managing Director
Lwala Community Alliance
Mobile: +254 722891918
Email: Julius@lwalacommunityalliance.org

US Contact
Cameron Plese
Engagement Associate
Lwala Community Alliance
Mobile: +1 480 231 1126
Office: +1 615 875 0843
Email: Cameron@lwalacommunityalliance.org