Developing Health Globally is the GE Foundation’s signature program that aims to improve access to quality healthcare for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Developing Health Globally

The Developing Health Globally (DHG) program focuses on high-priority health system needs, including maternal and infant care, emergency care, surgical care, biomedical practice, safe water and education. We do this by upgrading equipment and infrastructure, and increasing human capacity at district hospitals and health centers.


Established in 2004, DHG builds healthcare capacity across national public healthcare systems in the developing world. The GE Foundation partners with ministries of health to improve health systems by upgrading infrastructure and medical technology, training staff, and providing the ongoing coaching, support and knowledge they need to succeed. The long-term sustainability of facilities within the health systems is ensured through GE employee expertise, expert partners and local community collaboration.

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countries in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia hospitals and health centers lives impacted to date total program investment since the program was established

Areas of Focus

Maternal and Infant Care

Pregnancy- and birth-related complications claim the lives of approximately 800 women each day. In 2010, birth-related complications contributed to a death toll of nearly 8 million children under the age of five. Basic emergency obstetric care can save lives and reduce these numbers.

Biomedical Practice

As much as 70 percent of medical equipment is out of service in developing world hospitals. Trained technicians can put more than 50 percent of this equipment back into service – where it belongs.

Emergency Care

Trauma casualties are on the rise, particularly those caused by road accidents, and the casualty ward is often the busiest place at district hospitals. Timely and appropriate emergency care is crucial for treating the leading causes of death in middle- and low- income countries.

Surgical Care

According to recent estimates, 11 percent of the global burden of disease can be treated with surgery. The use of simple technology and adequate training can improve treatment delivery and save lives.


Today, 69 million children do not have access to a basic education – and 98 percent of the world’s illiterate or semiliterate population lives in developing countries. Education and mentorship has the potential to positively impact the well-being of millions of people.

Safe Water

More than 780 million people do not have access to an improved drinking water source, while more than 2.5 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation. Related diseases claim the lives of 5,000 children each day. A safe water supply, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene can save – and improve – lives.