GE upscales efforts to tame maternal,infant mortality


GE upscales efforts to tame maternal,infant mortality
Robert Wells Executive Director of the GE healthymagination mother and child programme with Pamela Roussous of the miller center and Mercy Owuor, an alum of the programme at the press conference for the graduation of the second cohort of social entrepreneurs addressing mother and child health in Sub Saharan Africa

In Summary

  • Entrepreneurs operating in the healthcare space are now set to acquire business fundamentals that will help them build and grow their impact.
  • This is following a partnership between GE and Santa Clara University's Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship was launched with an aim of accelerating maternal and child health outcomes in Africa.

Social entrepreneurs operating in the healthcare space are now set to acquire business fundamentals that will help them build and grow their impact.

This is following a partnership between GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship that continues to boost these efforts with an aim of accelerating maternal and child health outcomes in Africa.

According to the Chief Innovation Officer at Miller Center Pamela Roussos , addressing challenges in maternal health calls for sustained efforts.

“Addressing challenges in maternal health calls for sustained efforts and we will continue to leverage GE’s healthcare and information technology expertise combined with Miller Center’s capacity development portfolio to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit in Africa,” she said.

On his part,  General Electric New Growth Markets, Business Innovations Executive Director Robert Wells  said that they are committed to continue partnering with Social Entrepreneurs in Africa to support sustainable healthcare growth, especially through capacity building and skills transfer.

“We’re proud of the major strides that the first cohort of enterprises have made since they graduated, and are thrilled that a second stellar group of passionate entrepreneurs is now better equipped to expand their reach and save the lives of more mothers and children across Africa,” said Robert.

Following this, General Electric’s healthymagination Mother and Child Programme culminated an investor showcase event during which the finalists pitch their respective enterprises to an audience of potential investors and supporters.

Social entrepreneurs who completed training and mentorship have already graduated, with the program designed to scale impact, as well as improve maternal and child health outcomes in Africa.

“We are delighted to graduate the second group of change agents who are now ready to scale their work and offer their communities a path to better, healthier lives,” stated Roussos during the graduation event at Kenya School of Monetary Studies in Nairobi.

The second cohort of graduates builds on the success of the first group of entrepreneurs, all of whom have reported a notable impact of the programme on their businesses.

The programme, which has seen graduates from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, South Africa Pakistan, India and the United States, will see to it that high-quality and affordable healthcare is made available for people around the world through innovations.

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