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GE grants funding for Safe Surgery 2020

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The signing of the MoU on Safe Surgery 2020 in Ney York. Courtesy of National Television of Cambodia (TVK)

General Electric’s Global Growth Organization signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) about Safe Surgery 2020, which will expand access to safe, qualitative and affordable surgical care across Southeast Asia.

The signing was done after the meeting between Prime Minister Hun Sen and GE’s Global Growth Organisation delegation in New York on Friday, Sept. 28. The dialogue was about bolstering Cambodia’s health sector.

The MoU is aimed at augmenting support to Cambodia through training programs and human capacity build-up related to safe surgery by the GE’s foundation.

According to a GE press statement, it funded $25 million for the expansion of Safe Surgery 2020 in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Lao, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

The foundation officially partnered with Cambodia’s Ministry of Health to enhance surgical systems through Safe Surgery 2020’s programs on workforce development,  targeted innovations and equipment support.

“Safe Surgery 2020 will collaborate with Calmette Hospital and the University of Health Sciences to develop a training hub that will develop the surgical workforce,” read the press release.  In addition, this program is strengthening the foundations of the surgical system so that essential surgical care will become safe and accessible.

The initiative will focus on enlarging the capacity of Cambodian institutions to continue improving surgical care in the Kingdom long into the future.

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