Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.
Ronald McDonald House Charities – RMHC’s support of “Healthy Neighbor” in 2009 and “Safe Babies” in 2011 has significantly increased the quality of and access to maternal and child health services in and around Lwala. At the beginning of 2014, Ronald McDonald House Charities joined Lwala to support “Thrive thru 5,” a program that will extend clinical services and community outreach efforts to children from conception up to age 5 in order to reduce under-5 mortality in the community by 50%.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Vanderbilt has been a primary supporter to the efforts in Lwala since Milton and Fred Ochieng’ were Vanderbilt medical students. Lwala Community Alliance has made Vanderbilt its U.S. home and, each year, Lwala hosts Vanderbilt graduate students in an immersion course in Kenya and as interns in the U.S.
Segal Family Foundation – A Lwala partner since 2009, Segal Family Foundation has created one of the largest networks of grassroots groups working in sub-Saharan Africa. SFF funding priorities include reproductive health and family planning, food security, and supporting youth in the transition from formal education to productive adulthood.
Clinton Global Initiative – In 2009, Lwala Community Alliance made a public commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative to enhance the quality and extend the reach of maternal and child health services in the Lwala area. In 2011, co-founder Milton Ochieng’ was interviewed on stage by President Clinton on the progress made on the 2009 commitment. In 2013, Lwala is celebrating the successful completion of its CGI commitment and looking to make a new commitment toward empowering adolescent girls.
Planned Parenthood Global – PP Global selected Lwala as an implementing partner on Closing the Gap, a program to extend access to quality family planning services in rural Kenya. With a particular emphasis on the provision of long term reversible methods, such as intrauterine devices and implants, the 2-year project will provide contraceptive education and options to thousands of women and men in North Kamagambo. PP Global also supports a 3-year Youth Peer Provider (YPP) program in Lwala to recruit and deploy a cadre of youth health workers, who are trained to reach their adolescent peers with sexual and reproductive health information and refer them to the health facility for services.
Real Medicine Foundation – Real Medicine Foundation provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster and poverty stricken areas. A partner since 2008, RMF supports a portion of medicine costs for children under 5, clinical staff salaries, some ambulance repairs and fuel, referral costs, and Children’s Club, a monthly club for children who are infected with or affected by HIV.
Blood:Water Mission – BWM is working to improve the quality and availability of comprehensive HIV/AIDS health care and support services for individuals living with HIV. This will be accomplished by building the skill level of Lwala Community Hospital staff to provide quality HIV services, funding the provision of clinical and psychosocial HIV services, and strengthening the Lwala Community Alliance as a Kenyan civil society organization. BWM has also supported efforts to reduce the prevalence of waterborne illnesses through providing WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) trainings, water infrastructure and sanitation facilities at local schools, and water catchment and piped water at the hospital.
FACES – FACES is an HIV/AIDS care and treatment program in Western Kenya that provides technical support to the Kenya Ministry of Health. FACES is a collaboration between the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), funded through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Through this initiative, Lwala receives support for clinical staffing at the hospital, antiretroviral drugs for HIV clients, and training for staff.
Kenya Government – The Lwala Community Alliance works hand in hand with the appropriate ministries within the Kenya government. The Kenyan Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Public Health, support Lwala with training, drug subsidy, and supervision. The Ministry of Education is our primary partner in our school interventions at 15 area public schools.
Development in Gardening – DIG works to improve the nutrition and health of HIV-affected and at-risk populations through sustainable gardening. A fellow Segal Family Foundation partner, DIG has worked with Lwala to train local farmers in organic agriculture techniques and to begin permaculture practices at area primary schools.
Together for Girls – In partnership with national governments, civil society and the private sector, Together for Girls brings attention to the issue of sexual violence against girls in support of country driven efforts for change. In conjunction with the Population Council, TFG supports gender-based violence programming in Lwala through mentoring in-school girls, clubs for out-of-school girls, and teacher and staff training.
Population Council – The Population Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and disseminates evidence to shape more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world. With Together for Girls, the Council supported Lwala to implement gender-based violence programming through mentoring, clubs for out-of-school girls, and teacher and staff training.
Watsi – Through their crowd-sourcing model, Watsi connects people with patients around the world in serious need of low-cost medical care. Watsi features profiles of pregnant women, mothers, and new babies in Lwala on their website in order to help them access our maternal and child health programs.
Health eVillages – Health eVillages, a program of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, provides mobile health technology including medical reference resources to medical professionals in global communities. In Lwala, they have provided iPods and iPads loaded with the Skyscape medical reference app to clinicians and community health workers.
Kenya Education Fund – The KEF is dedicated to providing disadvantaged students in Kenya the educational support and resources necessary to enable them to contribute fully to the growth of their country and to the global community. Each year, KEF, selects 10 students from Lwala to sponsor throughout secondary school.
Education for All Children – EFAC provides scholarships, mentoring, and global connections to exceptional students in developing countries in order to encourage leadership, economic progress, cultural understanding, and a more peaceful world. Like KEF, EFAC selects several secondary students each year from Lwala to sponsor throughout secondary school and university.
Harpeth Hall – Harpeth Hall is an independent, private all-girls college preparatory school (grades 5-12) in Nashville, TN. Harpeth Hall is the primary funder of the Girls Uniform Project to provide school uniforms and sets of reusable sanitary towels to 1,200 girls in classes 6-8 in 13 local primary schools.
Thistle Farms – Thistle Farms is a social enterprise in which women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets make, package, and market natural bath and body products to sell in over 200 retail outlets, including Whole Foods. The women’s sewing cooperative in Lwala sews the bags in which the Thistle Farms “survival kits” are packaged.
Riders for Health – Riders for Health works to ensure health workers in sub-Saharan Africa can access reliable transportation to reach people with health care. In Lwala, Riders for Health services 2 motorcycles and 1 ambulance, through providing ongoing maintenance, fuel, and insurance for these vehicles.
Johnson & Johnson – Johnson & Johnson partners with Lwala Community Alliance to provide support for the Girls Education and Pads Program. Through the distribution of pad kits to local school girls, the program aims to increase school attendance and completion, knowledge of sexual and reproductive health, and the annual earnings of the tailors in the women’s sewing group due to the production of the kits.
BD – BD is a global medical technology company with offices in 50 countries that manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. BD supports Lwala with a CD4 machine and maintenance to test HIV clients at our hospital.
NOPE/USAID – Through a partnership with NOPE and USAID, Lwala is working to enhance uptake of HIV prevention through behavior change, improve uptake of quality clinical care services among adults and children, and strengthen the capacity of health care workers for effective delivery of HIV services in Migori County.
GlobeMed – GlobeMed engages over 1,500 undergraduate students at 50 university-based chapters through the US and matches them with nonprofit organizations to address health disparities around the world. The GlobeMed chapter at the University of Pennsylvania is partnering with Lwala to support our maternal and child health outreach program. GlobeMed chapters strengthen their partnerships through fundraising, educating students about global health issues, and interning with the partner organization.
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April 15th, 2014
Lwala Community Alliance would like to thank our supporters at Harpeth Hall School, who have partnered with us to provide scholarship items in the form of locally made school uniforms for 1,100 girls in classes 6-8. Thank you, Harpeth Hall, for inspiring Lwala’s girls to work hard and stay in school!