SLU Atlas Week: 18th Annual Signature Symposium

Thursday, April 12, 2018 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Busch Student Center - Wool Ballrooms

In celebration of SLU's bicentennial year, Atlas Week is celebrating one of our own.

Keynote speakers this year are Fred Ochieng, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine Fellow at Saint Louis University, and Milton Ochieng, M.D., Gastroenterology, BJC Medical Group, Progress West Hospital.

They will give the keynote address, “Sons of Lwala: Honoring the Dreams of Our Parents,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in Busch Student Center Wool Ballrooms.

A private reception with Drs. Fred and Milton Ochieng’ will be held immediately following the address. RSVP to attend the reception here. Space is 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 8 p.m., Monday, April 9, in Busch Student Center 251 AB.


Michelle Lorenzini


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