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January 21, 2019

Amref and Philips partner in to improve healthcare

DEAL: Amref director general Teguest Guerma with her Philips East Africa counterpart Roelof Assies yesterday.Photo/Charles Muga
DEAL: Amref director general Teguest Guerma with her Philips East Africa counterpart Roelof Assies yesterday.Photo/Charles Muga

THE African Medical Research Foundation has entered into a partnership with the Royal Philips, an electronics company, to improve infrastructure and healthcare provision.

 The two have vowed to inject funds and avail equipment that will enhance affordability and access to health services in targeted locations countrywide.

 Though no official amount of the partnership was announced, the two said they were committed to a life-long exercise that will ensure the implementation of “large-scale projects to improve healthcare infrastructure and make healthcare more accessible to the local population.”

The initiative will among others, oversee training of nurses to help reduce infant and maternal mortality and equipping of health facilities to fast-track diagnosis of non-communicable diseases.

 Speaking yesterday at the Norfolk Hotel, where they signed the collaboration, Amref’s director general, Teguest Guerma and Philips’ East African general manager, Roelof Assies called on African states to devise local solutions to local problems.

 Guerma welcomed the partnership and said it will second government health programmes aimed at ensuring a healthy nation.

 “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,” Guerma said.

 “This partnership will make a difference towards the provision of quality services, using updated skills.”

 Assies said his team is engaging with county leaders in a bid to understanding specific problems: “For us to achieve this, we felt like Amref is a good entry point where we will formulate right solutions to various problems.”

 “Through this teamwork, we are convinced that we can work toward our goals of making significant contribution to improving healthcare in Africa,” he said, adding that the initiative will provide clinical and technical training.

 Amref trains an average of 7,000 nurses annually up from initial 100, as an initiative aimed at bridging the gap, which the government admits, is affecting provision of services in the health sector.

 Under the latest initiative, Philips will be promoting education and trainings through the provision of e-learning courses in various healthcare-related courses.

 Assies regretted that more than 50 per cent of equipment in various public hospitals were archaic and dysfunctional; a situation that has slowed down access to services.

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