Apple Documentary Features Lwala Community Project on Maternal and Child Health

 

     PRESS RELEASE
     Release Date: June 11, 2013

 

Press Contact: Robert Kasambala, robert@lwalacommunityalliance.org, +254 (0)711 360 609

 

Through a new documentary short film, Apple is highlighting theinnovative work of Lwala Community Alliance, a health care provider in rural Migori County. Lwala Community Alliance was founded by Kenyan brothers Drs. Milton and Fred Ochieng’who built a medical facility in their home village of Lwala in 2007 and are subjects of the film “Sons of Lwala.”The brothers both schooled at Alliance High School in Nairobi.


The Apple film tells Lwala Community Alliance’s story of transforming maternal health care in Kenya. Because of Lwala’s commitment to help women and babies, 95% percent of pregnant women deliver their babies at a health facility with a skilled nurse, up from 26%three years ago.


Apple’s documentary shortfollows Okari Denzil, a community health nurse, as he conducts outreach by motorcycle to women in the villages surrounding Lwala. The story also highlights Lwala’s innovative use of iPads and Skyscape, a medical reference app,as tools in recruiting and enrolling all pregnant women to participate in the entire continuum of maternal and child health care.To view the film, visit www.apple.com/ios/videos/#developers


The following is a statement from James Nardella, Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance:


“In a place like Lwala, where 1 in 5 people are HIV positive, providing healthcare is a challenge. Through our rural hospital, nurses on motorcycles, and community health workers, we reach nearly 100% of pregnant women with the health care they need. We dream of a day soon when every baby is born HIV free. The innovation that drives our success is neighborliness - the faithfulness of local villagers reaching out to other community members and inviting them to connect with health services. When you meet our nurse Okari, the subject of the film produced by Apple,you know he is driven by a deep-seated care for his neighbors. Technology, like the iPad and apps like Skyscape, builds on the power of this neighborlinessand extends its potential. We are grateful that Apple has recognized the power of neighbors reaching neighbors in this short film about our efforts in Lwala.”


About Lwala Community Alliance:

 

Lwala Community Alliance is a Kenyan-founded civil society organization delivering services to 20,000 people fromMigori, Kisii, and Homabay counties. The center of the project is the Lwala Community Hospital, a 12-bed facility that provides primary care, maternity services, and HIV treatment. The non-governmentalorganizationalso runs community development programs in education and economic empowerment to support people in the region more comprehensively. Lwala’s work has been featured at the Clinton Global Initiative, on K24, Citizen TV, ABC World News, and CNN. The organization isalso closely affiliated with Vanderbilt University in the U.S. For more information, visit Lwala.org.