Taking the holistic approach to health care

Frans van Houten, CEO of Philips, discusses the introduction of community life centers and the need for a holistic approach when it comes to health care. via YouTube

NEW YORK — There are many organizations working at the local level to improve access to health care, but one challenge many initiatives face is how to scale effectively.

Philips’ Community Life Centers are one such initiative. In addition to working toward universal health coverage, these centers offer revenue generating opportunities and are powered by renewable energy. While many stakeholders are excited about the progress the centers are making on access to health care, scaling up remains a challenge.

Speaking to Devex, Philips CEO Frans van Houten explains how collaboration and a less siloed approach to project work is really the only way to achieve community and primary care at scale.

“More and more we see NGOs, governments, and private enterprise realize that if we all come together we can actually overcome these perceptions,” he said. “We can give it a try.”

Watch the video above for insights on how this can be achieved and why an approach to improved care needs to involve so much more than technology.

How do we ensure that people worldwide get the care they need without the risk of being pushed further into poverty? Devex explores the path to universal health coverage. Join us as we ask what it will take to achieve UHC for all by visiting our Healthy Horizons site and tagging #HealthyHorizons, #Health4All and @Devex.

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    Richard Jones

    Richard oversees editorial content for campaigns and media partnerships at Devex. Previously an associate editor, he covered the full spectrum of development aid in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, supervising a team of correspondents and writers, penning articles and conducting high-level video interviews at events across the EMEA region. Currently based in Barcelona, Richard brings to bear 12 years of experience as an editor in institutional communications, public affairs and international development. His development experience includes stints in the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Ecuador.
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    Kinsey Denney

    Kinsey Denney is an Assistant Video Editor fellow at Devex. Her background is in documentary and narrative film with a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and additional training from Prague Film School. Prior to Devex, she worked on AmDoc’s POV documentary series, on Outerloop Management’s marketing team, and on independent or collaborative documentary projects.