Philips' model community life center in Kenya

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 14 November 2016

Via Devex YouTube channel

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.

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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@JennyLeiRavelo

Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.


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