GE, SHOFCO partner against maternal deaths in Kibra

American multinational conglomerate corporation General Electric (GE) has now partnered with community based organization Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in an effort to reduce maternal mortality in the continent’s largest slum Kibra, home to approximately 700,000 people.

GE has donated two ultra-sound equipment and six pregnancy monitors worth Ksh 2.5 million to residents who will now access them at no cost at SHOFCO clinics in Subra and Makina areas of Kibra, in a move aimed at improving the quality and access to healthcare services in the slum where majority cannot access and afford pre-natal screening and monitoring as well as emergency services.

“These machines will assist clinicians better estimate gestational age, improve detection of fetal anomalies during pregnancy while giving women a better pregnancy experience,” he added.

According to reports, maternal and child mortality rates in Kibra slum is currently 50% higher than the national average, and improved maternal healthcare will help reduce the numbing figures and the vulnerability to HIV/AIDs and malnutrition amongst children in the expansive slum.

“GE is proud to support better outcomes for mothers and babies across Africa. 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, General Manager, GE Healthcare East Africa while launching the partnership.

Most health facilities available in the city slum lack appropriate equipment to deal with pre-natal and maternal health emergencies, in addition to shortage of skilled personnel needed to provide emergency obstetric care and the kit are aimed at reducing unnecessary referrals, hence decongesting the main health facility in Kibra.

This post was syndicated from Citizen Digital. Click here to read more on the original website.

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