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GE Foundation to boost child healthcare in Kenya

05 August 2014, 12:30

Nairobi - Kenya is poised to benefit from the GE Foundation’s US$20 million five-year commitment to advance maternal and child health in Africa.

The GE Foundation’s focus on maternal and infant health includes initiatives in biomedical equipment technician training, anesthesia training for nurses, safe water solutions in health facilities, and oxygen delivery in low resource settings.  

"Our programmes are developed to increase capacity, build skills and create new jobs,” said David Barash, GE Foundation's Chief Medical Officer.

“With our partners, we are creating scalable solutions that can have lasting impact on the delivery of healthcare in Africa and globally.”

GE Foundation has worked with academic and in-country partners to launch ImPACT Africa (Improving Perioperative & Anesthetic Care Training in East Africa) which aims to train nurses in Western Kenya, build capacity for future trainers, and develop a locally sustainable educational package for nurse anesthetist training that can be used to scale elsewhere.

The GE Foundation's Developing Health Globally (DHG) programme is actively working with hospitals and health centers to improve maternal health and infant survival rates by providing training and mentoring for practitioners and clinicians, as well as the necessary equipment needed by maternity, labor and delivery, and post-partum units of district hospitals.

With this new five-year commitment, the foundation is set to continue working with its partners to develop and extend programmes that test innovative, simple solutions and technologies for low-resource settings.

 – CAJ News

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