The GE Foundation announced a $20M commitment to maternal and child health programs in Africa that I feel particularly passionate about.1 As it’s all about playing an active role in achieving better health and saving lives of moms and babies in our world’s most vulnerable communities.
I wanted to share that over the past 60 years, the GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, has been committed to initiatives like this all in an effort to build a world that works better. The GE Foundation is all about empowering individuals by helping them build the skills they need to succeed. Specifically, communities are set up with the technology and capacity to help improve access to better health care, training and education. The GE Foundation is driven by the generosity and endowment of GE employees and volunteer GE employee networks around the world.
The GE Foundation’s $20M pledge to maternal and child health programs in Africa builds on the GE Foundation’s long-term commitment to advance maternal and child health that address Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5. MDG 4 plans to reduce the under-five child mortality rate by two thirds, and MDG 5 aims to cut the maternal mortality by 75% from 1990 to 2015 year-end.2 This is a top priority for governments and healthcare organizations globally.
The GE Foundation pledge supports developing countries in implementing solutions to help improve maternal and child survival rates. It’s all executed through the GE Foundation’s Developing Health Globally (DHG) program. The GE Foundation DHG program delivers training for practitioners and clinicians, as well as provides equipment and technology needed by maternity, labor and delivery, and post-partum units of hospitals and health centers in Africa. The main DHG programs involve biomedical equipment technician training (BMET), nurse anesthesia training, oxygen support for at-risk children, and girls’ education programs.
Those of us working in healthcare know that many of these deaths can be prevented if moms and their babies had access to basic skilled care during pregnancy, childbirth and the first days of delivery. We can make a difference.
Further information about the GE Foundation and its work can be found at http://www.gefoundation.com and on Twitter at @GE_Foundation.
Check out the GE foundation world map which shows GE’s impact globally. www.gefoundation.com/health/developing-health-globally/
2 OECD. The OECD and the Millennium Development Goals. www.oecd.org/dac/theoecdandthemillenniumdevelopmentgoals.htm