Lwala Community Alliance, an organization that increases access to healthcare for disadvantaged communities in Kenya, is a finalist for the USAID's Inclusive Health Access Prize. Judges selected 11 finalists from 400 applicants based in Cameroon, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Senegal. The finalists have developed solutions to optimize health systems so that patients receive the healthcare they need in ways they trust without having to pay too much or travel too far. Each of these solutions has the potential to be adapted, replicated, or scaled to other countries or local contexts to meet priority health care needs.
Lwala provides home-based services and also trains, pays, and supervises community health workers, including traditional birth attendants. The health workers improve the accessibility and reliability of care–– including diagnosing and treating common illnesses––by working with seven public health facilities through a Quality Improvement Initiative. Lwala Community Alliance is partnering with Kenya’s Ministry of Health to ensure the model is expanded to reach the entire county.
On Sept. 24, 2019, five awardees will win cash prizes for their solutions and present them in person at Locally Leading The Way To UHC: USAID's Inclusive Health Access Prize in New York City. Register to attend or watch the event livestream!