The program expansion includes $6 million in additional funding — $3 million of it earmarked for programs in Myanmar, also known as Burma — bringing to $13 million the foundation's program investment in the region.
In Myanmar, the foundation will partner with the Ministry of Health and Jhpiego, a nonprofit affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, to strengthen maternal health care, including a three-year program aimed at reducing maternal sepsis and newborn infection rates at government-operated district-level hospitals and health centers. As part of the effort, the foundation will provide the tools and equipment needed for safe birthing practices and the treatment of newborn respiratory distress and jaundice. In Indonesia, the foundation and Jhpiego are working with the office of the Indonesian president's special envoy on the Millennium Development Goals to improve the care and survival rates of pregnant women and newborns through mobile technology and increase the supply of primary care physicians in rural areas. And in Cambodia, the foundation is collaborating with the Ministry of Health, Engineering World Health, and Assist International to upgrade technology at Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh as well as thirty other hospitals.
Launched in 2004, the Developing Health Globally program has partnered with ministries of health in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa to improve access to quality health care. "The GE Foundation is pleased to expand Developing Health Globally to include Myanmar, Cambodia, and Indonesia," said GE Foundation president and board chair Bob Corcoran. "We are dedicated to working in concert with ministries of health in the region on their most pressing health challenges."