Our Model & Values
We Catalyze Communities to Tackle the Multi-Dimensional Drivers of Poor Health
Lwala believes communities hold the key to addressing their own health challenges. We connect community initiatives with the research prowess of the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health to prove that bottom-up solutions can drive sustained, systemic change. These key values guide our team, and all of our work: community-driven, excellence, dignity, innovation, integrity, and neighborliness.
Lwala’s community-led solutions are uniquely positioned to transform health systems. Based on our evidence of impact, the Ministry of Health invited Lwala to expand our model to the 1 million people in Migori County, Kenya. Together, we are building a “county model” of community-led health, which will influence the wider health system.
Core to our model is the transformation of traditional birth attendants to professionalized Community Health Workers. Equipped with a mobile device, these workers track mothers throughout their pregnancies and until their child reaches the age of five.
Our digitally empowered Community Health Workers track individual health outcomes, and receive real-time decision-support. This is paired with rigorous evaluation, led by the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health.