programs

Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well-being.

Public Health Outreach

The Lwala Community Alliance employs an extensive community health network that uses community members as the drivers and educators of health information and services. The community health team also collects community-based health statistics and provides mobilization for hospital-based services.

Maternal and Child Health

The Lwala Community Alliance deploys a team of 80 community health workers (CHWs) to recruit and enroll women of reproductive age in the entire spectrum of care from education on birth spacing, to prenatal care during pregnancy, to testing and treatment for HIV, to safe delivery by a skilled attendant. We track newborns until they are fully immunized and offer new mothers family planning options.

This program has transformed maternal health care in and around Lwala. Currently, 95% percent of pregnant women are delivering at a health facility with a skilled nurse, up from 26% before our commitment. The CHWs are the key to our success as they provide education on family planning and child health issues in the clients’ homes, accompany women to the hospital for services, provide social support for issues surrounding pregnancy and raising children, and connect families to the Lwala Community Hospital.

Youth Peer Providers

Youth Peer ProviderDue to the high rates of teen pregnancy and the difficulty young people have in accessing health services, Lwala Community Alliance established the Youth Peer Provider (YPP) program. With technical assistance from Planned Parenthood Global, Lwala has recruited and deployed a team 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.

Like their older CHW teammates, the YPPs are effective because they have strong trust relationships with those they serve. We also host health clubs in local schools and conduct youth-only clinics and outreaches in order to educate youth and improve accessibility of contraceptives.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)

SONY DSCWith support from our partner Blood:Water Mission, we train community members in water, sanitation, and hygiene practices (WASH) practices. The highly participatory curriculum covers causes of water borne illness, techniques for water treatment, latrine building, and skills for community mobilization.

To date, close to 900 people have been trained in WASH. With Blood:Water Mission’s support, we are also providing clean water access and sanitation facilities to students in 13 local schools.

Impact

  • 2,962 Monthly Patient Visits

  • 643 2013 Babies Born

  • 1,200 Girls empowered

  • 160 Kenyans employed

  • 6,000 Students with Clean Water

  • 1,100 Patients on HIV Care

  • 1,650 Farmers Trained

  • 52 Student Scholarships

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