- 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.
Since 2007, GE has partnered with the Ministry of Health and other organizations on the ground to create programs that not only save lives but also can be maintained by the government of Honduras. As an example, the hospitals the GE Foundation works with have seen significant improvements in access to safe water for patients and staff to drink to maintain cleanliness and for use in medical procedures. Through improved communication and increased oversight of the water treatment system by hospital staff, many of these hospitals have been able to stop purchasing bottled water and put those funds to better use, such as buying more nutritional food for patients.As part of the DHG commitment to bringing private sector best practices into development activities, the GE Foundation will be hosting a symposium on best practices in health care. Participants including David Barash, director of global health portfolio and chief medical officer at the GE Foundation, Hector Aguilar, global leader for GE operations in the region, the U.S. Ambassador, Lisa Kubiske, and the First Lady of Honduras, Rosa Elena de Lobo. Launched in 2004, DHG has helped to upgrade medical infrastructure and build human capacity in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The program so far has invested more than $80 million in key areas like biomedical repair, maternal and child health, trauma and surgical care. Additional information and news on DHG can be found at www.developinghealthglobally.com. About the GE Foundation The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, works to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. With its partners, the GE Foundation focuses its efforts in the areas of health, education, the environment and disaster relief. In 2012, the GE family invested more than $200 million to global community and educational needs. For more information, visit www.gefoundation.com. About GE GE (NYSE:GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.