Philips' model community life center in Kenya

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Without a long-term view and plan, that structure would eventually crumble as funding dries up, equipment stop working and health care workers look for other opportunities.

This is why Philips isn’t only looking at how to reach and address the needs of the community in Githurai, Kenya, where it set up its first Community Life Center, a health facility aimed at improving people’s access to primary health care services.

In collaboration with multiple stakeholders in the community, it has also looked at ways on how the health facility can cut down costs and become less reliant on government or external support.

Watch the video above to learn more about Philips’ approach to health care.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.