Philips inaugurates “Community Light Center” and maternity screening camp in Likuyani, Kakamega County 


  • · Philips reaffirms commitment to improve access to healthcare and to provide energy efficient lighting solutions for communities in Kenya

  • · 2nd of 19 “Community Light Center” to be installed in Kenya; demonstrates how new breakthroughs in solar powered LED lighting can enable social and economic development for rural communities

  • · Life-saving maternity screening camp provides women in Likuyani community an opportunity to get an Ultrasound scan and detect complications if any in advance

October 2, 2013

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Likuyani, Kakamega County, Kenya: Royal Philips (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) has inaugurated the second Philips “Community Light Center” in Kenya at the Likuyani, Kakamega County today. These light centres are areas of approximately 1000m2 or the size of a small football pitch and are lit using a new generation of energy efficient solar powered LED lighting. The concept of the “Community Light Center” is to create areas of light for rural communities which live without electricity, thus effectively “extending the day” (using the power of the sun) and creating numerous opportunities for social, sporting and economic activities in the evening.

 

Philips has partnered with the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) and its WorldCoaches & WASH programs and together they have committed to installing 19 such “Community Light Centers” at different locations across Kenya; the first one was installed in Nairobi in June 2013, during Philips’ Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow.

 

Philips is currently installing more than a hundred Philips “Community Light Centers” across Africa and has committed an investment of Euro 1.2 million (spread over three years) to this project. The Light Centres, will generally be focused on schools which are closely linked to villages and towns in off-grid or semi-grid areas (this can also include parts of cities). They will provide communal areas which can be used for sport and many other activities – healthcare, education, social, and commerce. These centres will “extend the day” using the power of the sun and provide safety and security thus enabling community life after dark.

 

The setup of a : Community Light centre” includes four 8m poles fixed in the ground and hoisting four LED lights which consume less power than a 60w light bulb and provide around 20 lux of cold white light across an area of 1000m2. Maintenance of the Light Centres would be self-sustaining as local authority/owners can rent out the light or advertising space and generate an income.

 

“Africa is starting a new reliable solar powered LED lighting revolution which will save energy as well as provide lights for those without electricity”, says Mary Kuria, General Manager, Philips Lighting East Africa. “Dramatic advances are being made in the efficiency of LED lighting and this is going to speed up social and economic development across the continent. Local reactions have been extremely positive after our first installation in Mathare community in Nairobi. Philips’ aim is to create awareness for what is now possible. We are introducing the first generation of solar powered LED lighting solutions which can provide high quality, sustainable and reliable lighting for off-grid communities throughout Kenya and Africa”

 

The Philips “Community Light Center” initiative also serves as a commitment to action by Philips in support of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. This initiative has one goal, sustainable energy for all, and three complimentary objectives, all to be achieved by 2030;
 

  1. Ensure universal access to modern energy services,
  2. Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and,
  3. Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

 

Nearly 1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. At the same time, for people living near the equator, darkness falls at around 19.00 hrs all year round, slowing down or completely stopping many vital tasks. Philips’ Community Light Center” aims to enhance life in communities with light.

 

Johan van Geijn, Coordinator - International CSR Projects for KNVB WorldCoaches states: “The cooperation with Philips on Solar Lighting Centers enables the WorldCoaches programme to have more impact on the local community and to stretch the program to more rural communities - as football and life skills education will become an evening activity.”

  • Maternity screening camp to enable early detection of complications

In addition to the Community Light Centre inauguration, Philips is also organizing a maternity screening camp jointly with the Likuyani Sub-District Hospital. For a majority of the expectant mothers in the Likuyani, Kakamega community, this screening camp will be their first opportunity ever to have a scan and detect complications if any in advance. Philips will be providing Ultrasound equipment and clinical specialists for the camp, whereas the Likuyani Sub-District Hospital will take care of any complications detected during the screening.

 

Under-resourced areas in Kenya rarely have ultrasound or trained clinicians to operate the systems. Women from the urban-poor and rural and remote areas of Kenya continue to be vulnerable to serious health issues (which are largely preventable), especially during child birth. To address this issue, and further contribute to improving maternal and child care, Philips is organizing maternity screening camps on a regular basis in different parts of the country.

 

Philips has committed itself to the UN Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5, focusing on improving maternal health and reducing child mortality and these screening camps are part of a larger strategy of Philips to improve mother and child care from diagnosis, to treatment, monitoring, and aftercare. To further drive this agenda, Philips has also launched the collaborative ‘Fabric of Africa’ campaign to drive public-private partnerships and to improve healthcare access across the continent.

 

The maternity screening camp takes place at the Likuyani Sub-District Hospital and the Community Light Center is part of the Likuyani Primary School situated near the Eldoret-Kitale Road.

 

Philips and KNVB were honoured by the presence of Mrs Rachel Ruto, wife of Deputy President Mr. William Ruto who was the Guest of Honour at the inauguration of the Community Light Centre; she also visited the screening camp and met with the women for the local community.

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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

 

Nick Kelso

Senior Communications Manager, Lighting Africa

Telephone: +31 61003 9296

E-mail: Nick.Kelso@philips.com

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  • About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs approximately 115,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

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  • About the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB)

The KNVB (Royal Netherlands Football Association) has the task of promoting the active and passive enjoyment of football by and for everyone, in a socially responsible way. The KNVB is the connecting factor in the sport of football and is aware of its leading role as the largest single sports association in the Netherlands. Also, the Dutch FA is considered one of the best football associations in the world, famous for the development of Youth, many Talents and great coaches. In international KNVB program called WorldCoaches these assets are used to help local community coaches with teaching Football and Life Skills. More information on WorldCoaches can be found at www.worldcoaches.nl