GE has announced an investment of $2 billion over five years in support of facility development, skills training, and sustainability initiatives across Africa, including $20 million through the GE Foundation for maternal and child healthcare programs in half a dozen countries.
Announced in advance of President Obama's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the $20 million commitment by the foundation will enable Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi to strengthen their health systems by, among other things, training nurse anesthetists and biomedical equipment technicians.
In addition, GE Healthcare, working in partnership with Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Health and USAID, will work to develop and launch a healthymagination initiative for mothers and children and will support the ongoing efforts of the Ministry of Health's Save One Million Lives program, which tackles maternal and infant mortality in the country. GE also will work with the Dangote Foundation and other partners to develop a skilled workforce in the country, with a focus on maximizing the potential of young Nigerians for employment, and will expand its commitment to the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge — launched in collaboration with the U.S. Africa Development Foundation and USAID — to include Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
"Our programs are developed to increase capacity, build skills, and create new jobs," said David Barash, the GE Foundation's chief medical officer. "With our partners, we are creating scalable solutions that can have lasting impact on the delivery of health care in Africa and globally."