Philips, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the county government of Mandera, Kenya has opened a second Community Life Centre (CLC) in the country.

The facility aims to improve access to quality primary healthcare and to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates.

The CLC will service a community of 40,000 people in the county, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, and will provide the community with modern, integrated quality health services for mother and child care, diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases, and general health services.

“The healthcare challenges in Mandera are hugely concerning; and they are a reflection of the issues and realities faced by millions of individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa,” said CEO of Philips Africa, Jasper Westerink.

“Philips has been dedicated to advancing primary healthcare in Africa for many years, with a strong focus on mother and child care. Through the Philips CLC platform, we have introduced a new value delivery model. Our ambition is to introduce this model throughout Africa to drastically improve access to primary care,” continued Westerink.

According to Philips, the flexibility and modularity of the CLC platform allows it to be tailored to the local healthcare requirements, in terms of the service package offered, the volume of patients, and local needs and circumstances.

The CLC in the County will act as a vital community hub where technology is bundled with health services. The technology package includes solar power; efficient and durable indoor and outdoor LED-lighting; healthcare equipment to enable patient monitoring, diagnosis and triage, laboratory equipment (especially for antenatal care tests) and refrigeration for blood storage.

Phase two will include IT solutions (storage of patient data) and water supply and purification. In addition to the improvement of the facility, Philips has also supplied Outreach Kits that allow community health volunteers to extend basic health services into the community.

The project also includes a building refurbishment programme, accompanied with new furniture installation and capacity strengthening for all aspects of care, including clinical, application and technical training.

UNFPA Country Representative to Kenya, Dr Ademola Olajide, said: “The inauguration of the CLC in Mandera is an important milestone in finding new ways for significantly advancing maternal and new-born health outcomes in the six counties in Kenya, which contribute close to 50% of all maternal deaths in the country. We look forward to continue learning from its operations and seeing how it will contribute to improvement in the lives and well-being in the community.”

“I thank the County Government and the UNFPA team, who are our partners in co-creating and launching this unique and impactful platform. We remain committed to this initiative and look forward to providing continuous support and improvements to the facility in the County,” concluded Westerink.

Philips has been developing and modifying the CLC platform since 2014 when it opened its first facility in Kiambu county Kenya and the second in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016.The company aims to introduce the CLC model across the continent.

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