GE to Build Healthcare Skills and Training Institute in East Africa
Published By : 13 Aug 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
The health care industry especially in developing economies is in urgent need of skilled workforce. In terms of availability of health personnel, Africa is at the bottom of the list. The sub Saharan African region houses 12 per cent of the globe’s population and suffers from an astounding 25 per cent of the world’s burden of sickness and disease. However, the same region has a mere 3 per cent of the world’s health taskforce.
To tackle some of the most significant and urgent health issues in East Africa, GE Healthcare, a subsidiary of General Electric, has announced a set of new plans that emphasize on creation of health workforce and development of skills. The GE Healthcare Skills and Training Institute will be launched in Kenya by the company, which represents a long term investment plan of an estimated US$ 13 million over a span of 10 years. The company will also be setting up a US$ 1.7 million GE Foundation grant aimed to begin Biomedical Equipment Training and Safe Surgery programs in Ethiopia.
Chief executive officer and president of GE Healthcare Africa Farid Fezoua said that one of the biggest forces boosting sustainable health care development was strengthening capability building and the company is targeting this by investing in the education and training of health care professionals. The education strategy of GE Healthcare combines the deployment of customized education solutions, localization of design, and advanced technology.
In the beginning, the GE Healthcare Skills and Training Institute will be offering clinical and biomedical applications training courses. In the long run, the institute will be expanding into technical as well as clinical education and leadership courses. The goal, the company said, is to train more than 1,000 health care professionals over the coming three years. The Kenya training center is part of the global commitment of GE Healthcare to invest more than US$ 1 billion in the delivery and development of localized offerings in the sector by the year 2020.