20 November 2019 | News
Focused program of partnerships, collaboration, funding and volunteering addresses the community-level prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a disease that takes the lives of around 800,000 under-five-year-olds each year, mostly in disadvantaged communities
Royal Philips a global leader in health technology, and the Philips Foundation, with its mission to reduce healthcare inequality by providing access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities, have announced the achievements of a year-long program of collaborations to reduce infant mortality rates for childhood pneumonia, a disease that currently claims the lives of around 800,000 under-five-year-olds a year– equivalent to one every 39 seconds.
Combining the volunteering activities of Philips’ 80,000 employees, local stakeholder engagement, accessible and affordable technology, and the scale-up capabilities of international NGOs, this childhood pneumonia program exemplifies the Philips Foundation’s commitment to drive and support initiatives that deliver long-term system change and achieve lasting impact. During the past 12 months, the program is estimated to have created access to better care for more than 700,000 people, in countries as widespread as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Malawi and India.
The mission of the Philips Foundation is to reduce healthcare inequality by providing access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities.
“The mission of the Philips Foundation is to reduce healthcare inequality by providing access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities,” said Ronald de Jong, Chairman of the Philips Foundation Board. “Focusing our year-long volunteering efforts on a single global healthcare issue that disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities, created a multiplier effect, supporting ways to overcome the challenges, and ensuring long-term impact.”
Examples of the supported and initiated activities of the Philips Foundation over the past 12 months, conducted through global partnerships, local projects and support of social entrepreneurs, are listed below: