General Electric (GE) is committed to the development of sustainable healthcare in Kenya, East Africa’s largest economy and the region’s technology hub. The American multinational has inaugurated a $13 million GE Healthcare Skills and Training Institute, an education facility for healthcare professionals, with a commitment to train 10,000 healthcare professionals from across Kenya and East Africa by 2020.
“Demand for quality healthcare is increasing. The GE Training Centre will play a critical role in supporting the capacity development of biomedical engineers, radiologists and technicians, helping to reduce the skills gap, improve job prospects and build a solid national healthcare system,” said Dr. Cleopa Mailu, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health at the inauguration of the centre.
In February 2015, the Kenyan Ministry of Health and GE signed a contract in response to Kenya’s Managed Equipment Services plan, which includes a four-pillar solution being provided by GE: an adapted technology approach covering wide scale radiology modernization with e-health capabilities; a sustainable service and maintenance program; a commitment to localized skills development and capacity building and a structured financing solution that is enabling the Ministry to sustainably fund its long-term healthcare transformation.
The GE Healthcare Skills and Training Institute will initially offer clinical applications and technical training courses for healthcare professionals in Kenya and East Africa; over the longer-term, it will be expanded to offer leadership, biomedical and clinical education courses, working with the Ministry of Health, private healthcare providers and other educational partners.
Farid Fezoua, President & CEO, GE Healthcare Africa said the new centre will help to ensure that Kenya’s healthcare workforce receives critical training to optimize the full features and benefits of country’s newest healthcare equipment. Looking forward, “it will support the development of a pipeline of future biomedical engineers, radiologists and technicians. This commitment to healthcare capacity building will help to reduce the country’s skills gap, improve job prospects and build a solid national healthcare system and private healthcare sector.”
At the event, GE Healthcare also signed three new partnerships for skills building in Kenya and East Africa with the Kenya Medical Training College and global partners IntraHealth and Management Sciences for Health.