“In 2019, as in previous years, we put all our efforts into improving access to affordable quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities worldwide,” says Margot Cooijmans, Director of the Philips Foundation. “With the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented impact on healthcare systems and patients globally, the mission of the Philips Foundation is more relevant than ever. We remain fully focused on disadvantaged communities around the world that lack sufficient access to quality healthcare, leveraging the expertise, innovation and skills of Philips and its employees to help create system change and deploy intelligent responses to the coronavirus outbreak and other sudden events that adversely affect disadvantaged communities’ access to care.”
Employee volunteering – positively impacting global access to care
Leveraging Philips’ expertise in respiratory care, the Philips Foundation developed, launched and coordinated a global volunteering program in 2019 solely focused on reducing childhood pneumonia. Despite being easily prevented, diagnosed and treated, childhood pneumonia still causes many casualties in children under the age of five worldwide. Due to the strong commitment of Philips’ employees, the program improved access to care for a combined total of more than 893,000 people in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Malawi and India.
In the coming years, the foundation’s employee volunteering program will focus on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes. Philips employees will also be able to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak within the possibilities and necessary safety measures.
Fighting health inequality now more relevant than ever
The year 2019 ended with the outbreak of COVID-19, an unprecedented public health crisis that will affect the livelihood of billions of people. In combatting today’s COVID-19 pandemic, the Philips Foundation aims to intensify its global partnerships to ensure proper support for people living in countries with weaker healthcare systems. To see how the Philips Foundation is supporting the fight against COVID-19 in 2020, view this interactive map.
To read the full Philips Foundation 2019 Annual Report, click here.
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