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.
In Lwala’s community, 95% of women are delivering their babies with a nurse in a safe health facility. That’s big change from several years ago, when only 26% of moms had access to safe deliveries. New moms have this support because of you – helping us build a new maternity health wing on the Lwala [...]
Watsi brings a new face to Lwala’s network of partners by supporting “Safe Babies,” our maternal and child health outreach program. We just completed an initial pilot program using Watsi’s unique crowd-sourcing model. The Watsi website has put new faces on maternal health by featuring profiles of the mothers and new babies in Lwala. To [...]
Thanks to our allies, the Lwala Community Alliance recently won a $10,000 grant (4,200,000 KES) towards empowering girls and women in Lwala. Cultivate Wines had chosen Lwala as a finalist in its quarterly GIVE campaign, which ran for 6 weeks in September and October. A total of 30 causes were selected for the campaign, and [...]
Our new ambulance arrived safely and is now fully functional in Lwala! Thank you to all of you who supported us in raising funds for this vehicle. It replaces a 19 year-old vehicle that was no longer insurable due to its age and was in need of frequent repair. It’s wonderful to have a reliable [...]
Jena Lee Nardella – Executive Director of our partner Blood:Water Mission and wife to Lwala Community Alliance Executive Director, James Nardella – delivered the benediction on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, NC. Mrs. Nardella received the call last week after the President expressed interest in inviting [...]
AIDS 2012 from Lwala Community Alliance on Vimeo. AIDS 2012, the 19th International AIDS Conference, was held in Washington, DC from July 22-29. Leaders from the world of science, politics, diplomacy, philanthropy, and entertainment traveled from across the globe to attend this year’s conference. The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working [...]
This week marks the 5 year anniversary of the opening of the Lwala Community Hospital! APRIL 2007 APRIL 2012 Dear Friends, This week 5 years ago, we opened our doors to seeing patients in the village of Lwala in western Kenya. Fred and I were but medical students. From reading emergency medicine textbooks on the [...]
Due to the dry season in Lwala, people have turned to unsafe sources of water for drinking. In the first 2 weeks of February, over 40% of the children who came to the Lwala Community Hospital came with diarrhea. Most of these children are between the ages of 6 and 18 months, and one child [...]
We are expanding! conta.cc With our roots in the local community, Lwala Community Alliance has begun to achieve outcomes in Kenya, and I am so proud of our efforts to increase child survival, reduce the burden of HIV, and achieve gender equity in education.