The CLC is a scalable, self-sufficient concept for primary healthcare delivery and social development that Philips has pioneered in Africa and successfully introduced across the continent. To date, Philips have introduced similar solutions in Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC and South Africa as part of its commitment to improve the lives of 300 million people in underserved areas of the world by 2030.
The CLC platform aims to turn a health facility into a community hub, where technology is bundled with an integrated service package and community empowerment interventions. The facility offers a clean and reliable energy supply; efficient and durable indoor and outdoor lighting to enable extended opening hours and provides a safe playground and work space; healthcare equipment to enable patient monitoring, diagnosis and triage; and refrigeration for blood and supplies storage.
The mobile clinic that serviced the Orange Farm community from March 2018 will continue operations in the Orange Farm community to supplement the efforts of the mini-CLC; the aim is to increase access to healthcare for more members of the local community. The ambition is to enable additional screening of 150 residents a month with the permanent structure, enabling an increase in the patient pool to approximately 3,000 per month.
“At Philips we recognise the need for innovative collaboration to increase access to quality healthcare, enable effective service delivery and improve health outcomes for all, and it is energising to see the impact we are creating in different locations across South Africa with our Community Life Centres,” concludes Romulen Pillay.
For more information about the CLC platform, watch the Philips Mandera Community Life Centre Kenya and the First Philips Community Life Centre in the DRC videos.
For further information, please contact:
Philips Group Communications - Africa
Tel.: +31 6 25 25 9000