Location: Lwala, Kenya
The Lwala Community Hospital provides primary care, maternal reproductive health services and HIV care in a region with a very high infant mortality rate (95/1000) and the highest HIV/AIDS rate in Kenya. Fully staffed by Kenyan clinicians, the original 12-bed facility cared for 2,593 patients per month. The most common illnesses/conditions treated are child birth complications, diarrhea, HIV & TB.
Health eVillages was launched in Lwala in January of 2012 and deployed 8 devices. Its effect was immediately felt when one of the nurses on staff saved a baby’s life using the neonatal resuscitation techniques that he learned during the initial device training session. As of 2015, Lwala has doubled the number of active devices to 16 to better address the needs of the providers. Utilizing Health eVillages devices, providers have been able to bolster their “Safe Babies Program,” which has succeeded in drastically increasing the number of hospital deliveries from 46% to 96%.
Health eVillages and Vodafone Americas Foundation also helped to fund the building of an internet tower that brings wireless connection to the entire hospital. In addition, Health eVillages assisted in the expansion of the hospital that has added 1,500 square feet of new in-patient and exam space as well as 6,000 square feet of housing space for clinicians to stay on site during their off hours in case of emergencies.