With close to 180 years of combined experience and operations on the continent, Philips and Amref are ideally placed to work in close cooperation with local stakeholders to continue implementing large-scale projects to improve healthcare infrastructure and make healthcare more accessible to the local population.
“I am excited to see how far we have come in improving healthcare access, and removing barriers to quality care since 2013,” said Westerink. “Neither civil society, nor government can achieve this feat alone, which is why access to care through technological innovations and the need for shared value collaboration to help attain UHC are important conversations that we are championing at the WEF to realise our joint ambition for healthcare improvement in Africa".
Platforms like WEF Africa help foster joint advocacy for UHC, expectantly a key precursor to realizing access to quality, affordable care. And it is on this occasion that successful collaborations should be the springboard to further collaboration as part and parcel of UHC, as broad-based involvement is critical in delivering it.