Philips introduces latest healthcare innovations in Tanzania to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and improve the quality of care in the country


  • Philips continues to be a strategic partner in modernizing Tanzania’s healthcare infrastructure; will train 100 healthcare professionals in Dar es Salaam

June 11, 2013

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Dar es Salam, Tanzania – Royal Philips (AEX: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) returns to Tanzania to support the revitalization of the country’s healthcare infrastructure. During a course of three days, Philips will train over 100 local healthcare professionals at the Muhumbili National Hospital as part of its fourth consecutive Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow. Philips supports the Tanzanian Ministry of Health in its mission to reduce child mortality rates, improve maternal health and meet the UN Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5. Jointly with its local partner Mokasi Medical Systems Ltd, Philips aims to significantly increase the company’s business footprint on the African continent with innovations addressing local needs.

  • Philips committed to improve quality of Tanzanian healthcare

“The need for quality healthcare is on the rise in Tanzania”, says Roelof Assies, General Manager, Philips East Africa. “There is an acute need for trained & skilled healthcare professionals throughout the country. As a leading company in health and well-being, we are committed to support the modernization of healthcare infrastructure across Tanzania. Philips continues to invest in training the local healthcare workforce to bring the quality of healthcare in Tanzania to the next level.”

 

For over a decade Philips has engaged with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, to improve the standard of healthcare in 98 hospitals across Tanzania. This partnership was renewed in 2012 for another 5 years during which Philips will work to maintain and upgrade equipment in more than 100 hospitals.

 

Since 1999, Philips has been collaborating with the Tanzanian government and the local healthcare workforce for ongoing upgrades of hospital infrastructure and continuous training and education of healthcare professionals. As part of the Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow 2013, Philips is again committed to providing workshops at the Muhumbili National Hospital on fetal monitoring, infant warming, jaundice management and clinical ultrasound for midwives, maternity nurses, obstetricians and ultrasound practitioners to train the clinical workforce to provide equitable and sustainable basic health services to all – particularly mothers and children.

  • Philips introduces reliable, innovative technology for safer childbirths

During the Roadshow 2013 Philips introduces its latest ultrasound and infant warming/ thermo regulation solutions specifically designed for care providers across the wide variety of clinical environments in Africa.

 

Designed and developed for markets like Tanzania, the new Efficia Infant warmer provides reliable infant thermoregulation support for newborns creating a warm and stable environment, which is crucial for a baby’s immediate and long-term survival. The Efficia Infant warmer is designed as an open care environment for newborn infants and provides an intense source of radiant heat energy, controlled by feedback from the baby’s skin temperature. Easy to use and reliable, the Efficia Infant warmer is another example of Philips’ commitment to more cost effective, simplified, patient-focused health care solutions to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Africa.

 

Philips also introduces the ClearVue 650, a new advanced imaging ultrasound system with Auto Face Reveal facilitating the visualization of the baby’s face, possibly enhancing parental-fetal bonding1. The ClearVue 650 is a lightweight and cost-effective system that supports clinicians in examining pregnant women and enhances their diagnostics and decision-making process. In addition to pregnancy care, the ClearVue 650 spans a range of applications from obstetrics and gynecology to cardiology, abdominal, vascular, breast, musculoskeletal, urology and general imaging.

  • Philips partners with government and NGOs to revitalize Tanzania’s healthcare infrastructure 

Despite progress in reducing child mortality, Tanzania is still lagging behind in improving maternal health and faces a high mortality rate; lack of adequate healthcare infrastructure is a key challenge here. According to the United Nations, Tanzania has inadequate healthcare equipment and insufficient and unskilled staff: 65% of positions in the healthcare sector are vacant. According to the Philips Fabric of Africa trends report, Tanzania has less than one doctor per 10,000 population. To drive public-private partnerships addressing these issues Philips has created a collaborative initiative, the Fabric of Africa campaign. As part of the campaign, Philips is partnering with the non-profit organization One by One to help prevent obstetric fistula in Tanzania. 

  • Philips Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow 2013 

This is the third time Philips visits Tanzania as part of the Cape Town to Cairo roadshow, illustrating the continuous commitment of Philips to sustain the nationwide rehabilitation of healthcare in Tanzania.

 

The Philips’ Roadshow 2013 kicked-off in Cape Town on May 14th and will make its way across seventeen countries and eighteen cities in Africa. The Roadshow continues its focus on Mother and Child Care, aligned to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 & 5. With clinical education and training programs for African healthcare professionals and through large scale healthcare revitalization projects, Philips helps to improve standards of care in Africa.

 

The Roadshow will make a stopover in Arusha on 17th June followed by Nairobi, Kenya on 18th June. 

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1Pretorius D, Gattu S, Ji E, Hollenbach K, Newton R, Hull A, et al. Pre-examination and post-examination assessment of parental-fetal bonding in patients undergoing 3-/4-dimensional obstetric ultrasonography. J Ultrasound Med. 2006;25:1411–1421.

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  • For further information, please contact:

Radhika Choksey                                         

Corporate Communications                         

Philips International B.V.                              

Tel: +31 62525 9000                                    

E-mail: radhika.choksey@philips.com

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  • About Royal Philips

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