Philips demonstrates commitment to create a sustainable skills base for healthcare professionals to ensure a brighter future for the provision of healthcare in the country
Cairo, Egypt – Philips today announces a nationwide partnership with the National Training Institute (NTI) in Egypt. Philips and the NTI are cooperating to develop an education protocol and to structurally train healthcare givers on advanced medical treatments using modern technologies to improve the quality of care. As a leading company in health and well-being, Philips aims to help transform the quality of healthcare in Egypt and other African countries through meaningful solutions, innovations and partnerships.
The collaboration between Philips and the NTI is being announced at the kick-off event of Philips’ Cairo to Cape Town Tour: from May 12 to July 20, 2010 Philips will travel across Africa to raise awareness for the opportunities of new solar powered lighting and best in class healthcare solutions to improve the quality of healthcare in Africa.
“Managing medical technology has become a complex task requiring the highest levels of expertise and needs to be practiced by fully qualified and highly trained individuals. There is a major training requirement in the country and the qualifications required by healthcare givers to operate with modern technology and improved services. We recognize the need for continuous education to maintain and advance clinical competencies. Our partnership with Philips builds on our vision that learning is a lifelong endeavor that requires teamwork. We believe that this collaboration with Philips will enhance opportunities and thus improve the quality of care in Egypt”, says Dr Mamdouh Mahfouz, Head of Supreme Committee for Training and Education, Ministry of Health, Egypt & General Supervisor of the National Training Institute in Egypt.
Continuous training and education of healthcare workers is an important topic for Egypt’s Ministry of Health, to which the National Training Institute is closely related. Philips contributes to the NTI curriculum by assisting in the development of 23 training modules (basic, advanced and expert level) on advanced medical treatments using clinical, technical and IT solutions. The training method includes continuous update of knowledge for doctors, nurses and students through a Train-the-Trainer approach, hands on clinical demonstrations, a training website and continuous knowledge upgrade whenever new software is introduced. With this program, Philips demonstrates its commitment to providing people focused and meaningful healthcare solutions.
Dr Medhat ElBarbary, General Manager, Philips Healthcare Egypt: ‘We plan to develop a proactive solution to meet the needs for training healthcare givers on advanced medical treatments and helping them to save lives. Philips wants to improve the quality of healthcare through access to education, sharing of best practices and improved collaboration between public and private stakeholders. This collaboration demonstrates Philips commitment to solving the big issues in healthcare and creates a sustainable skills base that will ensure a brighter future for the provision of healthcare in the country. We have designed our training curriculum consistent with our brand: advanced technology designed around the customer that is easy to experience. By collaborating with the NTI, we can extend our resources to audiences seeking quality education programs.”
Next to the agreement with the NTI, Philips cooperates actively in Public Private Partnerships (PPP), supports large-scale projects that are aimed at upgrading hospitals, educating healthcare professionals and supplying medical equipment. Furthermore, Philips takes part in the ORET international development initiative, which is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and seeks to promote economic growth in developing countries in order to enhance sustainable development and growth.