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September 20, 2023
World's first malaria vaccine: giving communities in Migori County hope for a malaria-free future

In the fight against malaria, a new vaccine has been a breakthrough in saving lives, especially for children, who are most vulnerable to the disease. Kenya's successful pilot of the RTS,S vaccine, coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), marked a turning point in the country’s long-running battle to eradicate one of the deadliest illnesses […]

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September 13, 2023
Joy in doing the job: the story behind Tobias Masara’s smile

“Tobias is a person who will not sit on any good idea that can make the team grow. He always innovates new approaches to any challenge that might affect the organization’s performance.” - John Oyugi, Program Assistant, Mother and Child Every day, Tobias Masara wakes up motivated. In his role as Mothers and Children Officer […]

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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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May 11, 2023
A mother-daughter duo: two generations of stigma fighters

“Winnie and I are world changers!”  - Leah Oyugi, Community Health Worker and Winnie’s mom Less than a 5 minute walk down the road from Lwala Community Hospital is the home where Leah Oyugi, a Lwala-supported community health worker (CHW), lives. Her daughter Winnie Oyugi, who also works for Lwala as a Program Officer, visits […]

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October 3, 2022
Lwala security guard Caroline Orwa: defying gender norms while caring for her family

When Caroline Atieno Orwa saw the job posting for Lady Security Guard, or “Lady Soldier,” at Lwala Community Alliance in 2016, she applied immediately. Widowed just a year before and a mother of 4 children, Caroline was no stranger to breadwinning for her family. Plus, she had already been trained as a security guard. Securing […]

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