Philips partners Kenya to advance African healthcare

May 2, 2017 4:00 pm0 commentsViews: 18

Jasper Westerink, Philips Africa CEONAIROBI, (CAJ News) – LEADING health technology company, Royal Philips, has endorsed a new Government of Kenya and United Nations (UN) initiative aimed at strengthening primary and community healthcare in Africa.
The company is coming on board as the first private sector partner to establish a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) partnership platform in Kenya for accelerating primary healthcare transformation in support of universal health coverage.
This unique platform will bring together executive leadership from government, development partners, private sector organizations and civil society to investigate opportunities for accelerating universal access to primary healthcare services.
Special focus will be given to addressing gaps in human resources, healthcare financing, essential medicines, medical supplies, health information, and the use of technology.
Philips will immediately provide support to the platform to start work on establishing a common fact-base on primary healthcare by assessing current and future healthcare needs.
Dr. Cleopa Mailu, Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Health, said the country was committed to accelerating progress towards universal health coverage.
“We are open to fostering partnerships that are dynamic and mutually beneficial and we foresee great potential in the SDG partnership platform,” said Mailu.
Philips believes strengthening local healthcare systems is central to achieving SDGs and has dedicated to advancing primary healthcare in Africa for many years, with a strong focus on Mother and Child Care.
“You cannot achieve prosperity without quality healthcare, so we are excited to come on board and contribute effectively to the SDG Partnership Platform on Primary Healthcare Transformation,” said Jasper Westerink, CEO, Philips Africa.
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