General Electric (GE) and Shining Hope for Communities Organization (SHOFCO), have announced a partnership to help improve maternal and infant care in Kibera.
The Sh. 2.5 Million partnership will see GE Healthcare provide hand-held ultrasound, training and advisory support to help SHOFCO’s mission to mobilize mothers to seek pre-natal screenings.
Twenty-four SHOFCO nurses and clinical officers have each received over 40 hours of training under the program.
“We are firmly committed to serving as a partner in the development of healthcare in Kenya and are humbled to contribute in expanding SHOFCO’s capabilities and reach in the community where it is needed most,” said Andrew Waititu GE Healthcare East Africa General Manager.
According to Kennedy Odede the Co-founder and Chief Executive SHOFCO, expectant mothers will have access to ultrasound scanning before 24 weeks of gestation and the program will assist clinicians in better estimating gestational age, improve detection of fetal anomalies and overall, help improve a woman’s pregnancy experience.
“Most of the health facilities available in the slums lack appropriate equipment to deal with prenatal and maternal health emergencies, in addition to a shortage of skilled personnel needed to provide emergency obstetric care. This solution, to be deployed at SHOFCO’s Subra and Makina satellite clinics, will help in reducing unnecessary referrals and decongesting the main health facility in Kibera,” noted Kennedy.
Among the subsidized technologies provided is GE’s hand-held ultrasound device and monitoring machines.