Honduras, a nation of about 7 million people, is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, with a high infant mortality rate and a shortage of health professionals. The GE Foundation announced today an expansion in its commitment to improving access to quality health care for underserved populations in Honduras. The donation of new medical equipment including two incubators, two continuous positive airway pressure machines and one ultrasound, as well as 5,000 baby blankets builds upon the long-term commitment to the region and an ongoing partnership between the GE Foundation and Ministry of Health.
A critical part of this commitment to Honduras has been employee volunteers from GE’s Hispanic Forum Affinity Network, who have been serving as “Ambassadors” to Hospital Escuela, San Lorenzo Hospital, Enrique Aguilar Cerrato Hospital, Juan Manuel Galvez Hospital and Integrado Hospital. The forum’s donation of 5,000 blankets is part of its nationwide “Blankets for Babies” initiative launched last year to provide supplies to those in need.
The GE Foundation, through its Developing Health Globally (DHG) program, helps build sustainable healthcare infrastructure in Honduras through the development of Biomedical Equipment Training (BMET), improvement of maternal and newborn care and access to safe water. Key program features of DHG in Honduras include:
- Development of the first BMET program in the public sector. The GE Foundation has partnered with the National Institute for Professional Formation, Engineering World Health and Duke University to develop this program.
- Providing a sustainable, safe water supply for hospitals and surrounding communities. The GE Foundation works with Emory University and Assist International on this program.
- Identifying root causes behind maternal and child mortality and developing training interventions for healthcare workers. The GE Foundation has partnered with Columbia University Medical Center on this program.
“GE cares about improving health around the world, and the activities to build capacity and address gaps in Honduras are evidence of that,” said Deb Elam, president of the GE Foundation and chief diversity officer for GE.