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|About||Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala, Kenya to advance their own comprehensive well-being.|
|Mission||Our mission is to build the capacity of the people of Lwala, Kenya to advance their own comprehensive well being.|
The Lwala Community Alliance was founded by Kenyan brothers Milton and Fred Ochieng’, who are natives of Lwala, a rural village in Western Kenya. Milton and Fred lost their parents to HIV while in college in the U.S. and took this as a call to action to provide access to primary care in their community. During medical school at Vanderbilt, the brothers did all they could to raise the funds to start a clinic back at home. Their story is the subject of the documentary “Sons of Lwala” and has been featured on ABC World News and CNN.
In April 2007, after 3 years of fund raising, the Lwala Community Health Center finally opened. Through a staff of more than 25 Kenyans, we treat an average of 1,200 patients each month, 55% of whom are patients under 5. Over time the program has become more multi-dimensional to include small scale micro-finance, public health outreach, water and sanitation, and education programming. Currently we are expanding our programs to better address the maternal health and HIV needs in the area.