The Women in Global Health (WGH) Movement has honored Kenya’s Mercy Owuor of Lwala Community Alliance alongside 12 other women as “Heroines of Health”
The women were recognized at an event gala that took place in Geneva, Switzerland during the ongoing World Health Assembly.
Mercy was recognized for her role in the “help a child reach their 5th birthday” initiative that is championed by the Lwala Community Alliance initiative.
This initiative strives to extend clinical services and community outreach efforts in order to reduce under-5 mortality in the community by sixty four percent.
Mercy Owuor is the community programs director for Lwala Community Alliance in Migori, where she oversees the Kenya program team, leads and directs the execution of the annual program plan.
Lwala Community Alliance is a community-led innovator, tackling the multidimensional drivers of poor health. It works with primary care facilities and the communities to drastically reduce maternal and child mortality in western Kenya, by tackling the key drivers of deaths – unplanned pregnancies, mother-to-child transmission of HIV, poor prenatal care, unskilled deliveries, poor clinical practices, lack of emergency transport, and delayed treatment of childhood illnesses
In 2016, the Alliance was selected as one of the 17 Social Enterprises that took part in the Healthymagination Mother and Child Program, an accelerator initiative of GE Healthymagination (www.GE.com/about-us/healthymagination) and the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship (www.SCU.edu/MillerCenter).