Steve Andrzejewski, a Health eVillages Advisory Board Member and CEO of Spiritus Pharmaceuticals recently returned from a visit to the Health eVillages pilot site in Lwala, Kenya which was featured in Apple’s 2013 apps “making a difference” video. Steve spent the day in Lwala, meeting the folks on the ground who use the Health eVillages devices and software to save lives, every day.
“It was exciting to see Health eVillages live in action at our Lwala pilot site. The people were so encouraged and hard working with a great spirit. They want to use our technology to improve the lives of the people in their community.
The results they have achieved are impressive through their educational efforts. They have used the Health eVillages handhelds to save newborn lives by educating the healthcare providers. They have also used these devices throughout their community to inform expecting mothers on appropriate care before and after birth. Over 90% of births now occur at the Lwala hospital which is more than three times the rate prior to employing these educational efforts.
The Health eVillages team in Lwala is excited to expand the partnership by receiving more devices – for both healthcare providers and for the community at large. In addition, they seek additional protocols based on Kenyan standards for AIDS and would like additional applications for sex education.
The Lwala community is also trying to improve their Internet service so that they can communicate with other healthcare providers outside the community more easily and to also download updates more easily.
It was a wonderful experience and I know our efforts at Health eVillages are making a difference in Lwala and are saving lives. I will always cherish this visit!
CEO, Spiritus Pharmaceuticals”
Photo Caption (Top to Bottom, Left to Right): (1) Nurse Okari, Steve Andrzejewski, Community Outreach Coordinator Mercy Owur; (2) Lwala’s ambulance; (3) Lwala nurses; (4) Lwala’s Program Director Robert Kasambala, Nurse Okari, Steve Andrzejewski and Mercy Owur