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GE upholds Mandela legacy with $1 million donation

GE Foundation upholds Mandela legacy with $1 million donation to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

  • Donation will benefit the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, according to Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
  • Donation will help fulfil Mandela’s lasting wish for improved child healthcare by easing  the shortage of specialised paediatric healthcare in Southern Africa.
  • Investment demonstrates GE Foundation’s commitment to improving access to,> as well as the quality and affordability of healthcare in the region.

Johannesburg, South Africa, 05 February 2014:  GE Foundation, the philanthropic organisation of GE (NYSE: GE),has donated US$1 million to support the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) in realising the dream of the late former President Nelson Mandela to improve quality child healthcare in South Africa. The donation is part of GE’s continued commitment to invest in improving access to as well as the quality and affordability of healthcare in Southern Africa.

NMCF, established by Mr Mandela in 1995, is a funding cum development agency that seeks to change the ways society treats its children and youth in order to improve their conditions and lives through a range of programmes. The fund’s target group are children and youth from birth to 22 years old, who come from impoverished backgrounds.

“We are grateful to GE for its generous donation, which will contribute to efforts to build the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital,” said Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of NMCF.  “Nelson Mandela’s lasting wish was to build a children’s hospital in Johannesburg to serve all children of Southern Africa regardless of race, socio-economic status or the ability to pay. The commitment that GE has made today will bring us another step closer to realising  dream,” she said.

“GE is deeply committed to alleviating healthcare problems and to improving access and care in Southern Africa and around the globe,” said Tim Schweikert,President and CEO – GE South Africa. “We are honoured to support the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the planned hospital,which will help to fill a critical gap in the healthcare programme in the Southern Africa region.”

A sum of R1 billion is needed to build and equip the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital and to train the medical professionals who will staff the 200-bed paediatric facility. The hospital will help to address a dire need in Southern Africa, as the region suffers from a shortage of dedicated paediatric facilities.

The GE Foundation’s work in the area of health echoes related priorities in South Africa’s

National Development Plan, which seeks to achieve a more effective health system through the extension of child survival programmes, among other initiatives.

The GE Foundation is proud to contribute to the improvement of South Africa’s healthcare system and is honoured to help realise Madiba’s dream.