Since 2004, Assist International has been a proud partner of GE Foundation’s Developing Health Globally ™(DHG) program. The aim of DGH is to improve healthcare delivery for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. The program focuses on simple interventions and works to improve access to healthcare through capacity-building initiatives in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Since its founding, DHG has greatly impacted over 300 health facilities.
Developing Health Globally ™ tackles some of the world’s most difficult global health problems by focusing on four areas: Safe Surgery, Maternal Child Health, Leadership, and Disaster Relief. DHG accomplishes this by bringing together many different partners, including Emory University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Columbia University, Engineering World Health, UNICEF, Frog Design, Jhpiego, the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID), the Harvard School of Public Health.
The program has been a tremendous success. Here are some specific examples of the impact of DHG:
- “In Kenya and Rwanda, oxygen plants supplied by GE Foundation provide reliable, low-cost medical oxygen to over 40 hospitals. Without oxygen, hospitals cannot perform surgeries, treat trauma cases, intervene in emergency obstetric cases, or treat premature infants.” [http://www.gefoundation.com/health/developing-health-globally/]
- “In Honduras, clinicians and community health workers are being trained to remove key barriers for mothers and infants in need of care. Maternal and neonatal health knowledge has increased by 39% in targeted health facilities, mothers seeking prenatal care has increased by 43% and pregnant women referred by ambulances has increased 290%.” [http://www.gefoundation.com/health/developing-health-globally/]
- “In 8 countries and 52 health facilities, safe drinking water systems capable of supplying 3 billion gallons of safe water over 10 years have been provided by GE Water filtration systems as part of the DHG program. Additional filtration system have been provided to Haiti, Malaysia, and the Philippines to meet special needs, such as disaster response.” http://www.gefoundation.com/health/developing-health-globally/
For more information on the program, please visit http://www.gefoundation.com/health/developing-health-globally/