Our Impact

Tangible gains in maternal & child health

Explore Our 2017 Impact

Peer-reviewed research conducted in partnership with the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health and published by the Public Library of Science, found 105 under-5 deaths per 1,000 live births prior to Lwala’s intervention and 29.5 under-5 deaths per 1,000 live births in the last five years. Similar rates for the region at large are 82 deaths per 1,000 live births, suggesting a significant decrease in under-5 mortality in Lwala communities.

Alice is a mother of five who was accustomed to delivering her children at home. During one of her deliveries a complication arose, and by the time she reached a health facility, she had lost her baby. Then, a traditional midwife in her village, named Rose, became a Lwala Community Health Worker. Rose identified Alice early in her next pregnancy and accompanied her to ensure she received prenatal visits, vitamin supplements, and skilled delivery. After a successful delivery of twins, Rose visited Alice to check for postpartum warning signs, offer breastfeeding advice, and share information on contraceptive options. Now, Rose will continue to check on Alice’s family until the twins reach the age of 5. Alice is grateful saying, “I felt confident knowing clinicians, nurses, and my Community Health Worker are there to support and care for me and my newborn twins.”