Kenyan woman bags the ‘heroine of health’ award

Elated Mercy Owour moments after she won the coveted ‘heroine of health’ award during a ceremony organised by Women in Global Health Movement. Photo: courtesy
Elated Mercy Owour moments after she won the coveted ‘heroine of health’ award during a ceremony organised by Women in Global Health Movement. Photo: courtesy

The Women in Global Health (WGH) Movement has honored Kenya’s Mercy Owuor of Lwala Community Alliance alongside 12 other women at the movement’s “Heroines of Health” during a gala event that took place in Geneva, on the margins of the ongoing World Health Assembly.

WGH is a movement that strives for greater gender equality in global health, and is dedicated to empowering female leaders of today and improving the global health of tomorrow.

Owuor was recognized for her role in “helping a child reach their fifth birthday” in an initiative that is championed by the Lwala Community Alliance initiative.

The initiative strives to extend clinical services and community outreach efforts to children under the age of five in order to reduce under-5 mortality in the community by 64percent.

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Owuor who is the Lwala Community Alliance programmes Director in Migori 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”, says Owuor in a Press release distributed through APO.

She said the initiative 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.

“We are thrilled for Owuor and the Lwala Community Alliance for the recognition” said Robert Wells, Executive Director, GE Healthy magination asserting that mother and child programme has been launched to improve access and affordability of maternal and child health in sub-Saharan Africa.

He said as one of the key partners of the WGH movement, GE Healthcare aims to support its’ vision to elevate and support the role of women in healthcare, whilst creating gender responsive leaders in global health.

”Owuor is indeed a great ambassador for the many women leaders in Africa and the world over, that are striving to serve the 5.8 billion people with limited access to quality healthcare,” said Terri Bresenham, President and CEO, Sustainable Healthcare Solutions.