Phillips, UN address Kenya maternal mortality

 MARIA MACHARIA 
Community Life Center, Kiambu– KENYA’S Mandera County, which has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality ratios, is poised for quality healthcare following a partnership between Philips, the leading health technology company and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The collaboration will culminate in the inauguration of a Community Life Center (CLC).

The project which is supported by the County Government of Mandera is the second of its kind in the world; Philips inaugurated the first CLC in Kiambu County, Kenya in 2014.

The CLC will deliver crucial primary healthcare and enhance community development in Mandera. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed this year.

Officials said issues facing primary healthcare in Africa are complicated and multifaceted therefore, to create sustainable improvement means addressing a wide range of issues collectively.

Issues range from unavailability of qualified healthcare workers to lack of electricity, water and basic healthcare technology.

Mandera has one of the world’s worst maternal mortality ratio at 3 795 per 100 000 live births.

Siddharth Chatterjee, the UNFPA representative to Kenya said the collaboration with Philips on the CLC was a welcome step.

The official said the collaboration will be more meaningful when they had demonstrated significant improvements in the health outcomes of the 15 counties in Kenya that suffer from the highest burden of maternal and newborn mortality.

“We aim to improve these outcomes by transforming their primary healthcare systems. Key elements for the success of our CLC collaboration are
innovation, adaptability, scale and sustainability,” Chatterjee.

In June 2014, Philips inaugurated the world’s first CLC in Kiambu.

The development in Kiambu saw Philips transform a rundown healthcare center into a bustling community hub.

said JJ van Dongen, CEO Philips Africa, said in support of their the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) initiative, the CLC in Mandera, will bring quality primary healthcare to a catchment population of about 40 000 women
and children.

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