Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Nairobi, Kenya — Philips Foundation, with its mission to provide access to quality healthcare for 100 million people a year by 2030, reports today on the significant progress made in improving access to maternal healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over five years across five distinct projects, Philips Foundation has made substantial progress through unique collaborations, improving access to maternal care for 15 million people in 2022 alone . This week, at a partner meeting taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, the foundation set out plans to ramp up its partnerships with social entrepreneurs in the region.
“From building health awareness to providing high-quality healthcare, Philips Foundation’s journey with its strategic partners in maternal health for Sub-Saharan Africa is having a significant impact,” Margot Cooijmans, Director of the Philips Foundation, says. “Each part of our programs has been designed with thought and care, offering healthcare workers and patients a livelihood by bringing essential services to their communities. Now, by combining our efforts with innovative social enterprises, we can provide continuity of quality healthcare, leverage local innovations and ensure even more long-term, sustainable impact.”
The increased focus on collaboration with social entrepreneurs comes after initial successes since the foundation launched the scheme in 2021. Partnerships with Access Afya, GOAL 3, Ilara Health, and Penda Health are all rooted in the African healthcare system that delivers maternal and child healthcare services, powered by locally-enabled innovation.