GE Healthcare and Amref Health Africa have announced a framework agreement to develop a range of in-country health care service collaborations across reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, non-communicable diseases, water, sanitation and hygiene and safe surgery
Initially, Amref Health Africa and GE will work together with Intrahealth and Project HOPE on a new programme in Ethiopia, where GE will provide medical equipment at 20 health centres and four primary hospitals to widen access to antenatal screenings, essential newborn care and to upskill health workers.
The technology will include portable ultrasound for antenatal screening, baby warmers, anesthesia and resuscitation equipment used during childbirth and phototherapy devices which help mitigate jaundice in babies.
Through a focus on task-shifting, health workers such as midwives who operate in remote communities where access to medically trained personnel is often limited or non-existent, will be taught essential skills to perform additional tasks such as antenatal scans, ensuring that critical, potentially life-saving services are available to the most at-risk patients.
Source: African Review