From the outset, Philips Foundation aims to empower fragile communities through innovative solutions and strengthening local healthcare systems. Whether escaping from poverty, war or natural disaster, the rising number of refugees fleeing different parts of the world typically lack access to timely and proper healthcare services.
In 2019, Philips Foundation pledged to help refugees in The Netherlands and overseas at the first-ever Dutch Business Summit on Refugees. Since then, Philips Foundation has committed to deploy three mobile healthcare clinics to support refugees – and supporting newcomers locally as they settle into a new environment.
Together we heal
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the devastating fire in the Moria refugee camp in Greece, Philips Foundation supported Boat Refugee Foundation (Stichting Bootvluchteling) to rapidly install a mobile medical clinic to provide highly needed medical emergency and primary healthcare support to the refugees on Lesbos.
In a parallel effort, in the northern border area in Colombia, Philips Foundation and US-based NGO Preemptive Love will deploy a primary healthcare truck to provide basic medical treatment to the swelling number of migrants from Venezuela. The medical team affiliated with the primary healthcare truck is equipped to help between 50 and 75 cases per day.
In Kobane, Syria, Philips Foundation is working with Hospitainer to build a healthcare facility where AVC HumanitarianAid will provide kidney dialysis treatments to the most vulnerable patients. The dialysis center, for which there is a great need, will treat 24 to 36 patients weekly.