KENYA — The Philips Foundation has unveiled its commitment to enhancing healthcare in Kenya by supporting local social entrepreneurs.
With a target of delivering quality care to 100 million people annually by 2030, the foundation is redirecting its efforts towards investing in innovative healthcare solutions developed within Kenya.
These investments will not only scrutinize the technology and business models of the enterprises but also their capacity to create a significant impact within the Kenyan healthcare system.
The Foundation, renowned for substantial progress through unique collaborations in Sub-Saharan Africa, has made significant strides in improving access to maternal care for 15 million people in 2022 alone.
Today, the Philips Foundation is elevating its focus on investing in social entrepreneurs, reinforcing its strategy to foster an eco-system-based approach.
The aim is to leverage social enterprise health innovations, enhance access to health, and address service delivery gaps in Kenya.
Muthoni Ntonjira, General Manager of Philips Kenya, emphasizes the Foundation’s trajectory, stating, “Over the past five years, Philips Foundation’s impact in the country has been substantial by leveraging Philips technology.
“Today marks a new chapter where Philips Foundation will extend support to social entrepreneurs, becoming a catalyst for their healthcare innovations. These partnerships are instrumental in delivering affordable quality healthcare in the country.”
At a recent partner meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, the Foundation outlined plans to deepen these partnerships with social entrepreneurs, building on its history of technological support to enhance healthcare access and quality.
Notable among these partnerships are collaborations with Access Afya and Penda Health. Access Afya employs a “clinic in a box” model, bringing fully-equipped medical facilities to underserved areas, while Penda Health focuses on personalized healthcare experiences using advanced technology and data analytics.
The meeting reflects the Foundation’s commitment to an eco-system-based approach, encouraging collaboration among supported enterprises to magnify their collective impact.
Philips Foundation believes that developing a healthcare ecosystem is crucial for improving collaboration among the social enterprises it supports, amplifying their joint impact.
An example of this collaborative approach is the interlinking of radiology services. By integrating Rology’s teleradiology platform into Kenyan hospitals and clinics, the Foundation bridges the gap between the limited number of radiologists and patient needs.
The FDA-approved teleradiology platform connects medical cases with remote radiologists, ensuring prompt, quality diagnostic reports.
This collaboration not only enhances the efficiency of radiological services but also makes them more cost-effective by leveraging AI to streamline case preparation and assignment.
The Foundation’s partnership with NCD Alliance and the Ministry of Health Kenya is another testament to its collaborative approach.
This collaboration uses Philips’ portable ultrasound and iMedrix’ mobile-connected electrocardiography (ECG) technology, KardioScreen, aiding doctors in swiftly diagnosing and managing heart conditions.
This initiative strengthens the tele-cardiology network near community care centers, reducing the need for patients to travel to distant and costly hospitals for cardiac screening and consultations.
Margot Cooijmans, Director of the Philips Foundation, emphasizes, “Each story from our partners is a testament to the power of passion in transforming healthcare. We are not just investing in technologies; we are investing in hope, determination, and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives societal improvement.”