The Vanderbilt Physicians Lunch (food provided) will include a briefing on the work and progress of "the Lwala Community Alliance" by Dr. Fred Ochieng' and Dr. Cole Barfield. Event hosts are Dr. Andre Churchwell, Dr. John McPherson, Drs. Robert and Bonnie Miller, Drs. David Morgan and Karen Bloch, Cathryn Rolfe, and Dr. Don Rubin. To RSVP please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Lwala Community Alliance:
The Lwala Community Alliance is a non-profit health and development agency founded by Drs. Milton and Fred Ochieng', who are natives of Lwala, a rural village in the Nyanza Province of 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 raised the funds to start a clinic back at home. Their story is the subject of the documentary icians Lunch (food provided) will include a briefing on the work and progress of the Lwala Community Alliance "Sons of Lwala" and has been featured on ABC World News and CNN. This month Apple released a video showing how the Lwala Community Hospital staff use the latest technology to bring healthcare to remote areas (http://www.apple.com/ios/videos/#developers).
In April 2007, after 3 years of fundraising, the Lwala Community Health Center finally opened. Over time, the program has become more multi-dimensional to include small scale micro-enterprise, public health outreach, water and sanitation, and education programming. In April 2011, construction on a new maternity and integrative care wing was completed, tripling the space of the original clinic. As a result, the facility is now designated as the Lwala Community Hospital. Clinical staff at the hospital provide more than 15,000 patient visits each year, and 1200 people are now enrolled in HIV care. Education programs have been implemented in 15 schools, and over 120 Kenyans are employed through various outreach programs.