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May 28, 2024
CHW advocates: amplifying voices for change

For a long time, discussions about community health workers (CHWs) have been happening without them in the room, resulting in policies and programs that often fail to support and value their work. As a result, CHWs around the world have been unpaid, undertrained, and under-resourced–only 14% of CHWs in Africa are salaried. This perpetuates gender […]

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May 24, 2024
Dr. Chadwink Ochieng Omondi: award-winning doctor brings his people-centered leadership home

“My leadership philosophy is simple: I believe people are important. It’s people that drive systems, so I focus on having meaningful relationships with people. This will snowball into projects, plans, and purposes–with the amount of zeal required to do them well.” – Dr. Chadwink Ochieng Omondi Enter Lwala Community Hospital at 6:00am, and save for […]

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April 2, 2024
Euniter Adoyo: equal compensation advocate and no-nonsense leader

No one cheered louder than Euniter Adoyo when Kenya’s President made the formal announcement in October 2023 that every community health worker (CHW) would receive a salary for the crucial role they play in the country’s health system. Euniter was first a CHW and then a supervisor for 10 years before joining Lwala full time […]

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March 15, 2024
Designed by young people, for young people: expanding youth-led sexual and reproductive health

Too often, adolescents and youth are sidelined in decision-making about their own health. “We know that young people may find it difficult to access sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services,” says Sam Oyugi, Lwala’s head of adolescent & youth programs. “Public health experts are always looking for new ways to reach youth, but in most […]

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March 7, 2024
Birth companions and their continuous support to pregnant mothers

Throughout pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum, every woman deserves dignified and respectful care, with compassionate providers who tend to her emotional and physical wellbeing. “Pregnancy is a very vulnerable time,” says Carren Siele, Nursing Officer In-Charge at Lwala Community Hospital. “Women need caregivers who offer them the information they need, encourage them to make their own […]

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February 21, 2024
Grieving the loss of our beloved leader, Doreen Achieng’ Baraza Awino

It is with heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our dear colleague and friend, Doreen Achieng’ Baraza Awino. Doreen was involved in a traffic accident on Saturday, February 10th, and she was taken to a hospital in Kisumu and treated. Unfortunately, Doreen succumbed to her injuries while undergoing treatment in the […]

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