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Multinational companies partner to improve Africa's healthcare

07 February 2014, 22:48 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) has announced its partnership with Royal Philips Company to work collaboratively for a structural improvement of Africa's infrastructure healthcare provision.

AMREF's Director General, Teguest Guerma said that the signed  long-term strategic partnership aims at supporting the foundation achieve its social goals of realizing market growth in healthcare and help Philips meet its ambition of improving lives of African people.

"This is a very unique partnership. Philips is part of AMREF's heritage and we are happy to embark on the next step of working together in formulating programmes that will utilize innovation to combat the shortage of health professionals and adopting contemporary solutions that will enable Africans to get proper health services,"said Guerma.

To compliment Africa's governments in tackling existing and emerging healthcare challenges, Guerma said that the dual companies will network in bringing to market new education and training programmes designed specifically for healthcare professionals in the continent.

He said that collaborating with local governments, the organizations will strive to develop and implement large-scale projects to improve healthcare infrastructure and make the sector more accessible to the local population.

Philips East Africa General Manger, Roelof Assies said that the partnership will enable them to jointly seek ways of developing large-scale innovation projects to modernize the continent's under-developed infrastructure, improve healthcare for easier accessibility.   

"To provide innovative solutions that can deal with the complexity of healthcare in Africa, Philips is taking a long-term approach aimed at close collaboration with local and international parties that have strong engagement in the issues,"said Assies. 

"By teaming up with AMREF, an internationally respected African healthcare organization, we are convinced that we can work toward our goals of making a significant contribution to improving healthcare in Africa, expanding our activities for providing clinical and technical training to people, and growing Philips as an organization on the African continent," he added.

This partnership comes at a time when most of African countries continue to contend with existing and emerging healthcare challenges such as high incidence of infant and maternal mortality, a sharp increase in the number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases, inadequately equipped medical facilities and trained clinical personnel.

Royal Philips is a diversified health and well-being company focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation the areas of healthcare, consumer lifestyles and lighting. With its headquarters in the Netherlands, the company has set up partnerships with several African universities across the continent to strengthen students' clinical and technical knowlege and expertise.

Committed to provision of training through online e-learning, AMREF has succeeded in its healthcare initiatives such as increasing the number of nurses trained in Kenya from 100 to 7000 annually, and higher scores by students in exams. It is currently providing a wide range of training courses for various professional groups both from members of staff in African Ministries and voluntary community health workers deployed across the continent.   


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