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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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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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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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March 17, 2023
Communities as change-makers: how strengthening community health committees creates lasting change

When it comes to improving health care, Lwala believes that communities should be in the driver's seat. “Many health programs are driven by donors and technical experts who don’t fully understand the local context,” says Doreen Awino, Lwala’s Director of Health Systems Strengthening. But no one can identify challenges and solutions better than communities themselves. […]

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March 3, 2023
Caregiving through cooking: the women who feed Lwala Community Hospital

Most Lwala staff would agree that the hospital cafeteria–an open-air meeting space furnished with several picnicstyle tables, adjacent to a small kitchen–is the heart of the hospital complex. This is the place where every employee finds themselves at least once a day to take a cup of chai (tea) and a warm mandazi (fried bread) […]

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February 22, 2023
Bringing the Rongo Operating Theater to life

As a nurse at Rongo Subcounty Hospital, Benter had seen countless women in need of a Cesarean section. Until recently, Migori County only had one public hospital offering surgeries to a population of 1.1 million. But like many hospitals across Kenya, Rongo Subcounty Hospital lacked the staff and equipment to provide surgical services. This meant […]

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