Public-Private Partnerships are Helping Kenya Achieve Universal Access to Primary Healthcare

The UN, the government of Kenya and now Philips are looking to improve healthcare services throughout the East African country.

The Dutch technology company Philips has joined an initiative led by the government of Kenya and the United Nations aimed at strengthening primary and community healthcare systems in the East African country. The initiative, classified as a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) platform, will capitalize on the expertise of government officials, development partners, private sector players and the surrounding community to determine opportunities to bring healthcare services to all citizens in Kenya. The country’s constitution currently guarantees citizens the right to health, but the country has fallen short of ensuring access to adequate healthcare services to its people. Public-private partnerships have emerged as one way to fill this gap. These initiatives will focus on areas such as healthcare financing, essential medicines and medical supplies access, human resources and healthcare technology. Philips will work with the SDG platform to establish a common, collaborative database for primary healthcare information, which will largely be built with data from an assessment of the current state of healthcare infrastructure to determine unmet needs of the population. The tech company will continue to have a role in working with national and county-level stakeholders to leverage its knowledge in innovative clinical practices to bring targeted improvements in healthcare services across the country. This isn’t Philips’ first healthcare initiative within Africa: it has helped open community life centers in both Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to expand maternal and child healthcare services. Philips has initially provided a two-year commitment to the SDG project. —AA

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