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In celebration of our Bicentennial Year, we would like to celebrate one of our own!

Keynote Speakers:

Cardiovascular Medicine Fellow, Saint Louis University

Gastroenterology, BJC Medical Group, Progress West Hospital

Keynote Address:

"Sons of Lwala: Honoring the Dreams of Our Parents"

Thursday, April 12, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Wool Grand Ballroom, Busch Student Center

A private reception with Drs. Fred and Milton Ochieng' will be held immediately following the Keynote Address. To R.S.V.P. to attend the reception, please CLICK HERE. Spaces are limited.

Fred Ochieng', M.D. and Milton Ochieng', M.D. are medical doctors, brothers, and co-founders of Lwala Community Alliance. They grew up in the small rural village of Lwala in western Kenya. Both attended Alliance High School in Kikuyu, Kenya, and then Dartmouth College. To pay for Milton's airfare to the United States, his village sold their chickens, goats, and cows with only one request: "Do not forget us." Milton and his brother Fred later attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where with the help of their father, they conceived of an idea to build a clinic to improve health care in his ailing village of Lwala. Unfortunately, they lost both of their parents to AIDS while still in school. Determined to realize their father's dream, they juggled medical school studies while networking and fundraising across the U.S. and catalyzed their neighbors back home to build the village's first hospital in 2007. Lwala Community Alliance is now the largest provider of health services in Western Kenya, serving a population of over 30,000 people. The work extends far beyond the original hospital to support communities in their homes, schools, and farms to advance their own comprehensive well-being.

Fred and Milton's work is the subject of a documentary titled "Honoring a Father's Dream: Sons of Lwala." The film will be shown Monday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. in Busch Student Center 251 AB.

Click here for more information about the keynote speakers.

Other Key Events:

Kick-Off Event - Stylin' Round the World: The Awakening of Cultures through Fashion - Sunday, April 8th

The Annual Interfaith Prayer Service -  Monday, April 9th

Parade of Nations and the Billiken World Festival - Friday, April 13th

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Michelle Lorenzini at or