GE expands water scarcity relief efforts in Africa

Oct. 4, 2005
As part of GE's $20 million expanded African healthcare initiative, GE Water & Process Technologies is providing desperately needed water scarcity solutions to two hospitals located in Kumasi and Kintampo, Ghana. Both Kumasi's Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and the Kintampo District Hospital were in dire need of new infrastructure and technology that is crucial in providing lifesaving healthcare efforts...

TREVOSE, PA, Oct. 3, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric Company, joined its parent company today in announcing the expansion of its five-year, $20 million African infrastructure and healthcare initiative. GE Water & Process Technologies is aiding the expanded effort by providing desperately needed water scarcity solutions to two hospitals located in Kumasi and Kintampo, Ghana.

"Each year more than five million people die from waterborne diseases and in Ghana close to 70% of all illness is caused by waterborne contaminants," said George Oliver, CEO, GE Water & Process Technologies. "By installing our water scarcity solutions, patients in Kumasi and Kintampo now have access to safe, clean water - a resource essential to all healthcare environments."

Both Kumasi's Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and the Kintampo District Hospital were in dire need of new infrastructure and technology that is crucial in providing lifesaving healthcare efforts. GE Water & Process Technologies is helping to improve on those infrastructure challenges by expanding the hospitals access to healthy sources of water.

In Kumasi, GE installed several water scarcity solutions to assist KATH, the regions main referral center, in serving half of the 20 million people in Ghana and neighboring Burkina Faso and the Cote d'Ivoire. The new equipment installed includes a reverse osmosis (RO) filtration technology, which serves two purposes at the facility. GE's RO solution removes impurities from KATH's current water supply and also creates an ultra-pure water source - a critical element in running five of the hospital's life-saving Dialysis machines. The KATH site also received a new water holding tank, which can stockpile excess water in a safe, healthy environment; new water holding tank indicators, which allow the hospital to keep abreast of current water supply levels; and anti-stagnation water treatment technology, which mixes and recycles old and current water supplies, so that water stagnation and the growth of dangerous and disease-causing waterborne organisms are prevented. In addition to GE's water scarcity solutions, the company also made additional donations to KATH that include: a fluoroscopy unit for radiology, ultrasounds, incubators, monitors, lighting, electrical distribution equipment, and Internet connectivity.

"The GE donations have come at an opportune time to complement these interventions and boost the capacity of the hospital to render better services to its numerous patients," said KATH Chief Executive Dr. Nsiah-Asare.

At the Kintampo District Hospital, malaria is still a number one killer. Water stagnation and growth of waterborne disease is one of the area's major concerns. To help address the issue, GE installed: an anti-stagnation water treatment system; a reverse osmosis filtration unit; a new water holding tank; and new water holding tank indicators. The hospital, which serves a population of 160,000, also received Ultrasounds, X-rays, anesthesia, incubators, power generation equipment, and lighting that will enable the rural hospital to help reduce disease and lower maternal and infant mortality.

Officially launched last year, GE's African healthcare initiative donated the equipment to the U.S.-based not-for-profit, Assist International, which in turn donated the equipment to the Ghana Health Services. Assist International and GECAD, a local distributor for GE, provide shipping logistics, ground-level support and site preparation, and on-site coordination to ensure timely, cost-effective and quality construction, as well as sustainable operation of the facilities and equipment.

GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies (, a unit of General Electric Company, is an industry leader in solving the world's most pressing water reuse, industrial, irrigation, municipal, and drinking water needs. Through desalination, advanced membrane, separation solutions, and water reuse and wastewater management and process technologies, GE delivers added value to its customers. GE provides value by improving performance and product quality, reducing operating costs, and extending equipment life through a broad range of products and services that are designed to optimize total performance; protect customers' assets; prevent fouling and scaling; and safeguard the environment through water conservation and energy reduction.

GE ( is a diversified technology, media and financial services company focused on solving some of the world's toughest problems. With products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation, water processing and security technology to medical imaging, business and consumer financing, media content and advanced materials, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide.


In related news: "GE expands healthcare initiative to hospitals in Ghana; Part of $20 million humanitarian initiative to provide medical and infrastructure equipment across Africa".


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