GE has been operation in Kenya since 2005. In 2011, GE Africa opened its Sub-Saharan Headquarters in Nairobi. The headquarters is now home to over 150 employees.
GE is committed to supporting Kenya in realizing its Vision 2030 and the Government’s Big Four Agenda on manufacturing, universal healthcare, affordable housing and food security. In 2012, GE signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the government to develop projects in key sectors, including power and healthcare.
Moving: GE has been supporting Kenya Airways on its fleet expansion program with 90% of its aircraft engines being powered by advanced GE/CFM engines. In 2012, Kenya Airways selected the GEnx-1B engines to power its 9 already firmly ordered Boeing Dreamliners with the airline taking delivering of 6 Dreamliners in 2014.
In April 2017, GE Aviation in partnership with Kenya Airways and Boeing donated the CF6-80A aircraft engine to Technical University of Kenya valued at $2MM USD. The GE CF6 engine will provide students with the opportunity to learn first-hand – on a real-life engine.
Curing: In January 2015, GE Healthcare was selected by the Ministry of Health as part of Kenya’s progressive ~USD $420 million Managed Equipment Services (MES), to provide radiology infrastructure in 98 hospitals across 47 counties. Under MES, GE has deployed 585 units of diagnostic imaging equipment including digital mammography, x-ray and ultrasound systems across all 98 hospitals.
In October 2018, GE Healthcare successfully installed Positron Emission Tomography–Computed Tomography (PET-CT) scanner and Cyclotron - the first in sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa – at Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) in Nairobi. The technology will improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
GE Healthcare has a long history in supporting education and training to drive improved health outcomes. In June 2016, GE launched a $13 million Healthcare Training Institute in Nairobi to support the Healthcare modernization program. Over 1,000 Kenyan healthcare professionals have been trained at the centre so far. To support education and training through leveraging its expertise in designing and running technical courses in Healthcare, GE Healthcare has signed several partnerships which include;
- Partnership with the Society of Radiography in Kenya (SORK) to train a minimum of 140 radiographers across two years on the latest medical imaging technologies and techniques. Under the partnership, GE Healthcare will provide radiography training equipment, content and facilitators for the training sessions targeting radiographers from private and government healthcare facilities.
- Collaboration with Kenya Cardiac Society (KCS) to offer echocardiography training to physicians and technicians across two years in public and private hospitals in the country. The training will enable the physicians and technicians to better offer primary baseline assessment for patients with identified cardiac illnesses.
- County Government of Kisumu and GE Healthcare maternal and new born health initiative aimed at mobilizing expectant women to seek antenatal screenings, and as a result, improve maternal and newborn outcomes in the County. It is anticipated that approximately 7,000 women will receive their first ultrasound screening during their current pregnancy in the next 9 months since the signing of the partnership in September 2018.
In November 2014, The GE Foundation in partnership with the Center for Public Health and Development (CPHD) and Assist International launched the USD 560,000 Hewa Tele Oxygen plant in Siaya as part of GE Foundation’s “Access to Medical Oxygen” program in Kenya. The program aims to increase the supply of oxygen to health facilities at an affordable cost and to provide continuous training of medical professionals on appropriate use and administration.
In January 2014, GE signed a partnership with USAID and KCB Bank, on a $10 Million Healthcare financing program. This financing approach is designed to give Kenyan healthcare providers access to local credit for the purchase of much needed equipment. To date, over $ 5 Million has been utilized through the program.
The GE healthymagination Mother and Child Programme graduated two cohorts of social entrepreneurs from the region who completed training and mentorship aimed at improving and accelerating maternal and/or child health outcomes in Africa. The program was carried out in partnership with Silicon Valley-based Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and enabled the social entrepreneurs acquire business fundamentals, improve their strategic thought processes and articulate a business plan that demonstrates impact, growth and long-term financial sustainability. To date, 25 social entrepreneurs have graduated from the program.
Powering: The Gorge Farm Energy Park, launched in August 2015, uses organic waste and sunshine to produce renewable power, both of which are plentiful on the 800ha vegetable farm. The plant is powered by GE’s J420 Jenbacher engines, which can operate smoothly at 2,000 metres above sea level. Gorge Farm Energy Park has an installed capacity of 2.8MW with a net output of 2.2 MW. As the largest bio digester of its type in East Africa, Gorge Farm Park is a trailblazer for renewable energy development in the region.
GE is committed to the sustainable development of Africa’s future through GE Kujenga, our sustainability program in Africa. The word Kujenga means “build” in Swahili. Our approach is to empower people by building valuable skills, equip communities with new tools and technology, and elevate ideas that are helping to solve Africa’s challenges. To date, GE businesses have invested more than $19,000,000 in CSI programs throughout the region, impacting over 91,000 lives.
In Kenya, GE through GE Kujenga and its employees volunteer program, GE Volunteers, has implemented several projects. These include;
- Partnership with Shining Hope for Communities Organization (SHOFCO): GE is providing hand-held ultrasound, training and advisory support valued at $25,000 to help SHOFCO’s mission to mobilize mothers to seek pre-natal screenings for expectant mothers in Kibera.
- GE Women’s Network collaborated with Kids Comp Camp Kenya and SHOFCO’s Girls Leadership and Education program to increase girls’ uptake of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
- Initiative to provide solar lamps through rural schools: Through the partnership with Givewatts, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe energy to people in developing nations, 166 solar lamps have been distributed enabling families to enjoy clean and safe lighting. These 166 solar lamps have impacted 830 people.
- Refurbishment and upgrading of Oloyiankalani Dispensary: Oloyiankalani Dispensary is in Iidamat Ward, in Kajiado Central Sub-County and serves more than 5,000 residents. As part of the upgrade carried out by Kipeto Energy Ltd (KEL) and GE, the dispensary’s buildings have been restored and improved and new clinical equipment suitable for rural clinics has been purchased and installed. The medical staff will also now be able to reside at the renovated property, allowing for longer opening hours and an increase to both the duration and scope of services.
- IT for Charity Program: Through the program which was designed to empower less privileged communities by utilizing GE resources to provide technology, training and connectivity, GE has donated over 200 laptops, 3 ICT labs and carried out IT Literacy Lessons.
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