Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) (www.Philips.com) today announced its full support for a new Government of Kenya and United Nations (UN) initiative aimed at strengthening primary and community healthcare in Africa.
The health technology 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 Government of Kenya is 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 Hon. Dr. Cleopa Mailu, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Kenya.
The platform will address gaps in human resources, healthcare financing, essential medicines, medical supplies, health information, and the use of technology.
“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 Mr. Jasper Westerink (http://APO.af/oaqPX5), 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. As a key stakeholder in this sector, we are determined to align agendas and incentives that eliminate barriers to healthcare access. No single business, institution or government
Westerink noted further that as a key stakeholder in this sector, they are determined to align agendas and incentives that eliminate barriers to healthcare access, stating that “No single business, institution or government organization can solve this pressing issue on its own. The SDG Partnership Platform underpins our collective responsibility to ensure we all have access to high-quality affordable primary healthcare.”
CEO, Council of Governors, Kenya, Mrs. Jacqueline Mogeni, said the constitution of Kenya guarantees the rights to health as contained under article 43. The Council of Governors of Kenya is looking forward to closely collaborating with the SDG Partnership Platform to help accelerate universal access to primary healthcare in Kenya’s 47 counties through unlocking transformative public-private partnership investments,”
She said the Council of Governors of Kenya is looking forward to closely collaborating with the SDG Partnership Platform to help accelerate universal access to primary healthcare in Kenya’s 47 counties through unlocking transformative public-private partnership investments,”
“We are excited about this ambitious new Partnership Platform. Everyone has a role to play in the delivery of the SDGs and partnering with responsible, innovative businesses such as Philips in that process raises our chances of becoming the first generation to end poverty,” added Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Kenya.
Philips believes that strengthening local health care systems is central to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3. Philips has been dedicated to advancing primary health care in Africa for many years, with a strong focus on Mother and Child Care.
In June 2014, in partnership with the local government of Kiambu County, Kenya, Philips inaugurated the first Community Life Center (CLC) (http://APO.af/oFQNKC) in Africa. This is an open platform aimed at strengthening primary and community healthcare and turned the local health facility into a community hub, where technology is bundled with an integrated service package and community empowerment interventions.