Johannesburg, South Africa – Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ), together with the Gauteng Department of Health today announced the start of a cooperative pilot project focusing on the specialist treatment, retrieval and transfer of high risk mother and child cases in Gauteng. The partnership focuses on equipping a specialized Mother & Child Care ambulance, as well as the training of a specialist retrieval team to effectively manage maternal emergencies to save lives of mothers and children. The ambulance project is part of Philips’ ambition to improve the quality of healthcare in South Africa through meaningful solutions, innovations and partnerships.
“We are proud to be partners on this exciting project” says Jose Fernandes, District Manager, Philips Healthcare South Africa. “We believe that we can significantly reduce maternal, infant and child mortality by using proper equipment and training in emergency care facilities”.