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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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September 14, 2022
Through nurturing care, children survive and thrive

As a community health worker (CHW), Elizabeth Otieno cares for all the children in her community. During household visits, she checks for malaria, pneumonia, malnutrition, and other threats to a child’s health. But Elizabeth knows that a child’s well-being is about so much more than their health status. For decades, the global concern “was whether […]

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August 12, 2022
We can create our own future: youth at the center of change

Around the world, access to sexual and reproductive health care remains out of reach for many young people. In Kenya, which has the third highest teenage pregnancy rate worldwide, 1 in 5 adolescent girls is already a mother. “Many young people in Migori County live far from health facilities, some have strict parents who are […]

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August 3, 2022
Migori County passes landmark legislation to pay community health workers

In a watershed moment for community health, on August 2nd, 2022, Migori County launched new Community Health Services (CHS) legislation. Signed into law by Governor Okoth Obado, it marks a bold and progressive step by the county government to improve the health of 1.1 million people. It also solidifies the county’s commitment to community health […]

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June 2, 2022
When communities lead, change is lasting: how South Kamagambo is transforming

In South Kamagambo, it’s not uncommon for families to travel 10 kilometers on foot to the nearest health facility. Of Lwala’s four implementation sites, communities here are the most remote. When Lwala began to work in South Kamagambo in 2019, health indicators reflected this challenge–many women gave birth at home, nearly one-third of children were […]

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June 2, 2022
A son of Lwala, driving people and driving change

Samwel “Onyango” Ogada has worked for Lwala Community Alliance since 2012. Born and raised in the village of Lwala, Onyango grew up a short walk from where our hospital now sits. For the first half of his life, before the hospital existed, Onyango experienced first-hand what life was like without access to health care. As […]

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