Improving people’s access to health care means more than building a concrete structure, equipping it with medical equipment and staffing it with a few health workers.
What is the role of the private sector and innovative partnerships in improving access to primary health facilities in Africa? Philips’ Head of Research in Africa Bahaa Eddine Sarroukh gives us the inside track.
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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