In many Sub-Sahara African countries primary health facilities face enormous difficulties in offering quality basic services to local communities. Philips believes that the strengthening of health systems has to start at the primary level. Collaborating with local governments, Philips is developing Community Life Centers that provides a total solution for primary healthcare facilities with the aim of not only improving healthcare but also enabling community development. In Kiambu, Kenya, the installation of a Community Life Center saw the number of patients visiting increase to 4,000 patients per month, from 1,000 patients previously.
The Philips Community Life Center (CLC) offers a community driven, holistic approach to improving primary healthcare. The CLC goes beyond the provision of healthcare by turning a health facility into a community hub.