Scaling Community-led Health, Improving Maternal and Infant Outcomes in Kenya

Maternal & Infant Health Award
Lwala Community Alliance

Lwala, HopeCore, and Dandelion–three Kenyan-founded organizations–will scale community-led health, which empowers communities, professionalizes community health workers, and strengthens health facilities to save mothers and babies.

Last Updated: May 2023
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Maternal & Infant Health Award
Current Work Location(s):
  • Kenya
  • Kenya
Priority Population(s):
  • Children and youth
  • Girls
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Low-income people
  • People in rural areas
  • Pregnant people
  • Women and girls
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

In Kenya, 70,000 mothers and children die each year. These deaths are often preventable, demonstrating the great opportunity for addressing maternal and infant mortality. Three Kenyan-led organizations—Lwala Community Alliance, Dandelion Africa, and Village HopeCore International—believe community leadership can unlock the most innovative solutions for improving health. Together, we will scale community-led health to save the lives of mothers and babies across three high-burden counties in Kenya, reaching 2.2 million people.

The community-led health model has four components: community health committees provide accountability and new ideas for solving problems; professionalized community health workers deliver services and build trust in the health system; health facilities are trained and equipped to offer high-quality, dignified care; and data enable evidence-based decision-making. This model will result in increased skilled delivery, antenatal and postnatal care, immunization coverage, and treatment of childhood illnesses–ultimately reducing maternal and infant mortality.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Lwala Community Alliance

Organization Headquarters
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Number of Full-time Employees
101 to 300
Annual Operating Budget
$5.1 to 10 Million

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