South Africa to boost healthcare training with General Electric
Johannesburg has become the first city in Africa, and one of only 10 locations in the world to host a
General Electric (GE) Customer Innovation Centre
, after GE unveiled its brand new US$33 million facility in South Africa. “The GE Africa Innovation Centre is one platform through which we are using our resources to empower ourselves and our stakeholders to contribute towards the sustainable development of Africa,” said Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa.
World Health Organisation
data suggests the demand for healthcare workers in Africa will exceed the number of trained medical staff by 6 million in 2030. The inclusion of eight permanent healthcare work stations in this area aims to assist the need to provide advanced clinical training on a bigger scale. General Electric’s new training complex will serve both aviation, energy, oil and gas, and power and transportation business units. One of its first objectives will be to improve the career prospects of 100 young engineers from what the company described as ‘disadvantaged backgrounds’ in a statement. As part of this programme, students will be given the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience as they work across GE’s broad product portfolio, before emerging better equipped to be able to fill skills gap identified as major challenges in a 2015 annual report published by the
Engineering Council of South Africa
. The centre will also act as the headquarters for GE Healthcare in Africa, and will house a healthcare experience centre complete with augmented reality displays and installed equipment. Through this healthcare unit, the company hopes to offer visitors a glimpse into an interconnected and fully-functioning hospital environment that is capable of catering to both primary treatment procedures and premium patient care. In line with other investments in Africa’s healthcare infrastructure, GE recently launched a similar US$13 million GE Healthcare Skills and Training Institute in Kenya that will train 10,000 health workers by 2020.
By Adam Pitt
Photo: Julien Harneis from Conakry, Guinea