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April 5, 2024
Change in the Kenyan health system: Lwala Co-CEOs reflect on 2023

The story of 2023 was one of change and growth–change in the Kenyan health system to prioritize community health, and the growth of Lwala to support more communities in making better health a reality. When we reflect on Lwala’s founding story, rooted in the dream of one community in Western Kenya to create access to […]

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December 5, 2023
Helping babies breathe in their first minutes of life

A baby’s first cry can carry so much meaning. To a mother, it means their child has finally joined the world, full of life and vitality. To a healthcare worker, the baby’s cry is a simple but essential sign that the baby is in good health. Yet most health providers can recall a time when […]

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August 24, 2023
Digitizing Kenya’s community health workforce

For decades, community health workers (CHWs) like Mary Odhiambo have kept track of their clients using a paper register. “I used to bring my book from house to house, about 8 to 10 in one day,” Mary says. “I wrote down information about children’s immunization records and pregnant women’s antenatal care visits, but the books […]

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May 29, 2023
Communities take the lead: transforming health care in Awendo and Nyatike

For the past 15 years, Lwala has worked with communities to innovate, test, and adapt our community-led health model. Over time, we brought more communities into the fold, and our roots in Lwala Village grew to all of Rongo Subcounty, where we have been delivering health services to 125,000 people. In 2022, we expanded to […]

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May 22, 2023
Professional community health workers: the key to health for all

Community health workers (CHWs) are the caregivers of their communities. They reach every household in their village with essential health services, they make referrals to facilities, and they are a trusted source of information for their communities. Yet CHWs are often under-equipped and under-supported, and only 14% of CHWs in Africa are salaried. Lwala is […]

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March 21, 2023
Building better toilets, safer water, and healthier communities

Safe water and sanitation are the most basic of human needs–and are essential to good health. Yet around the world, billions of people lack access to clean water, the ability to wash their hands, or a working toilet. In Kenya, nearly 10 million people drink from contaminated water sources, 5 million people do not have […]

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