November 22nd 2017

Society / Health & Science

Philips partners with Kenya, UN to spur primary healthcare provision

The 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 in Kenya.

By David JagongoTuesday, 02 May 2017 21:35 EAT

A mother seeks information and medical attention for her child at a Malaria vaccine awareness campaign function in Nairobi.

Leading health technology company Royal Philips Tuesday announced its full support for a new Government of Kenya and United Nations  initiative aimed at strengthening primary and community healthcare in Africa.

The company is coming on board as the first private sector partner to establish an SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Partnership Platform in Kenya for accelerating primary healthcare transformation in support of universal health coverage, the African Press Organization said in a press statement.

The 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 in Kenya. Special focus will be given to addressing gaps in human resources, healthcare financing, essential medicines, medical supplies, health information, and the use of technology.

“The Government of Kenya is committed to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage, said Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr Cleopa Mailu. He said Kenya is open to fostering partnerships that are dynamic and mutually beneficial, adding that the country foresees great potential in the SDG partnership platform.

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. This will enable platform members to jointly identify, design and implement transformative initiatives in pursuit of the platform’s ambitions. 

Philips will leverage its in-depth clinical insights, global innovation capabilities, and its experience to sustainably deliver improved healthcare through partnership with national and county level stakeholders. In addition and to ensure continuity, Philips has also committed support for two years to the establishment of the SDG Healthcare Platform Secretariat.

“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 Westerik. CEO Philips Africa. Philips is passionate about healthcare, because more than in any other sector, it has a direct and dramatic positive impact on the quality of people’s lives," he said.

''The SDG Partnership Platform underpins our collective responsibility to ensure we all have access to high quality affordable primary healthcare,” said Westerik.

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