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Philips Partners With AMREF Flying Doctors To Improve Health Care In Africa

Royal Philips (PHG) and African Medical and Research Foundation or AMREF Flying Doctors, the largest health organization in Africa, announced Tuesday that they will work closely together in a shared-value partnership model designed to bring about a structural improvement in the health care infrastructure and provision on the African continent.

The company said that the long-term strategic partnership aims to support AMREF in achieving its social goals and will help Philips in its ambition to improve the lives of people in Africa, while at the same time realizing growth in this strongly emerging continent.

The company noted that the serious problems that Africa is facing include a large increase in the number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes and heart disease), inadequately equipped medical facilities, and inadequately trained staff. These problems are creating a strong need for improved health care infrastructures.

To support African governments in tackling these and other problems, AMREF and Philips will leverage their respective strengths. Their cooperation brings together deep knowledge of local authorities and local customs, habits and needs in various African countries, the company noted.

According to the company, AMREF and Philips will connect their respective networks and introduce new education and training programs designed specifically for health care professionals in Africa. In close cooperation with local stakeholders, both parties will strive to develop and implement large-scale projects to improve health care infrastructures and make health care more accessible to the local population.

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