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General Electric Invests In Entrepreneurs To Address Maternal And Child Health In Sub-Saharan Africa

General Electric Invests in Entrepreneurs to Address Maternal and Child Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

General Electric (GE) and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship will graduate 11 social entrepreneurs who completed training and mentorship aimed at accelerating maternal and/or child health outcomes in Africa.

This past spring, GE’s “Healthymagination” Mother and Child Program graduated its second cohort of social entrepreneurs who completed training and mentorship that is designed to make an impact through improving maternal and child health outcomes in Africa.

Second Class to Graduate

The graduation of the second cohort builds on the success of the 1st group of entrepreneurs, all of whom have reported a notable impact in their businesses. “We are proud of the major strides that the first cohort of enterprises have made since they graduated and are thrilled that a second stellar group of passionate entrepreneurs is now better equipped to expand their reach and save the lives of more mothers and children across the continent” said Robert Wells, Executive Director, New Growth Markets, Business Innovations at GE. “GE is committed to continue partnering with Social Entrepreneurs to support sustainable healthcare development especially through capacity building and skills transfer” he concluded.

After a thorough evaluation process, the social enterprises selected to feature in the second cohort of the healthymagination Mother and Child Program attended a three-day, in-person workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa followed by a six-month online accelerated program that included weekly in-depth mentorship from Silicon Valley-based executives and local GE business leaders.

Strategically Targeting Healthcare

This approach is designed to support entrepreneurs operating in the healthcare field to acquire business fundamentals that will help them build and grow their impact. The accelerated and mentorship program concludes with an investor showcase event during which the finalists pitch their respective enterprises to an audience of potential investors and supporters.

Speaking at the graduation event, Pamela Roussos the Chief Innovation Officer at Miller Center stated, “We are delighted to graduate the second group of change agents who are now ready to scale their work and offer their communities a path to better, healthier lives. Addressing challenges in maternal health calls for sustained efforts and we will continue to leverage GE’s healthcare and information technology expertise combined with Miller Center’s capacity development portfolio to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit in Africa”.

Launched in 2016 by GE in partnership with Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the program set out to embrace maternal and child health by building the capacity of social enterprises operating in Africa with a view of improving outcomes for mothers and children on the continent.

Below are some examples of the social enterprises that have completed the Healthymagination Mother and Child Program:

Afya Research Africa, Kenya

A social enterprise that works with communities to set up and manage medical centers and develop medical technologies that tackle access, cost and quality issues associated with healthcare services in Kenya.

Cedars Diagnostics, Kenya

Serving the urban poor by providing access to quality and affordable diagnostic healthcare. They provide access to medical equipment, expertise, training, and support to like-minded organizations that provide primary care to underserved communities.

DoctHERs, Pakistan

A novel, digital healthcare platform that connects female doctors to health consumers in real-time by leveraging online technology. The enterprise gives access to quality healthcare for underserved communities while providing employment for women doctors.

Liberian Energy Network, Liberia

Provides reliable, clean and inexpensive solar lighting to the people of Liberia. The enterprise serves schools, clinics and other key institutions.

Maternity Foundation, Ethiopia

A social enterprise that conducts clinical trainings of health care providers both pre-service and in-service with the aim of increasing the quantity and quality of skilled birth attendants.

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