The women of  Africa

Focus

We believe that creating a viable and sustainable approach to healthcare in any country depends on a coordinated approach based on holistic vision. This means addressing key issues across the entire care continuum covering all states of health and the relationship between home and care facilities. 

Maternal, child & newborn health

Every mother and her child deserve the best care possible from pregnancy to the child's early years of life. Efforts to reduce the high incidence of maternal mortality and childhood disease are critical.

In many African countries, there is a chronic shortage of suitable equipment or necessary skills to facilitate safe delivery and appropriate newborn care. Through continuous dialogue with relevant stakeholders, we seek to gain a better understanding of each country's unique requirements and develop technology to support improved maternal and child healthcare.

 

With over 40 years of experience, we offer relevant solutions that include OB Ultrasound, fetal and maternal monitoring, jaundice diagnostics and therapy, incubators and warmers, feeding and specialty products, developmental care positioning aids, neonatal patient monitoring, and neonatal CPAP.

 

It is our position that no African mother or child should ever go without access to quality care throughout their care continuum.

Cervical health

Among African women, cervical cancer is a killer. Eastern, Western and Southern African regions have the highest incidence rates of cervical cancer in the world¹.

The incidence of cervical cancer in African women often equals the mortality rate due to the absence of healthcare facilities capable of dealing with the condition². Typically, low awareness and lack of screening programs lead to late detection and treatment.

 

Goldway (a Philips company) colposcopy solutions offer a cost-effective screening option. Early detection of pre-cancerous lesions is vital to successful patient therapy. Goldway helps bring competent examination programs to a broader patient base with reliable, easy-to-use video colposcopes.

 

We have a history of successful mobile outreach programs. In India, Asha Jyoti (meaning "Light of Hope") is a collaborative effort between public and private organizations. By outfitting vans with medical equipment (mammography, colposcopy, etc.), the program will reach 2,000 to 3,000 women every year for the next five years.

 

¹ Devarajan, Shanta, Cervical Cancer Undermines Gender Equality in Africa, blogs.worldbank.org,

http://blogs.worldbank.org/africacan/cervical-cancer-undermines-gender-equality-in-africa

² Towards prevention of cervical cancer in Africa, St. Catherine's College Oxford

http://www.afrox.org/uploads/asset_file/Towards%20the%20Prevention%20of%20Cervical%20Cancer%20in%20Africa%20-%20Conference%20Report.pdf

Breast health

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among African women.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among African women. 
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among African women. 
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among African women. 
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among African women. 

For many, facilities with mammography systems are out of reach and too costly. Aggravating this is a lack of awareness of the importance of breast health.

Our innovative diagnostic solutions provide exceptional image quality at a low radiation dose and enhance comfort.

 

Once relatively unknown in developing countries, the incidence of breast cancer in Africa is rising rapidly, often appearing in women 10 to 15 years earlier than in developed countries.

 

We are proactive in our response. We're delivering leading diagnostics solutions for breast care with advanced imaging for mammography, ultrasound, MR and PET/CT, supported by cutting-edge information management. We've developed mobile mammography vans staffed by trained clinicians that bring life-saving diagnostics to a broad geographic patient base.

 

We continue to explore new approaches to breast health that extend access, improve care, reduce costs and save lives.

Heart health

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an increasing health burden for developing Africa, one that requires skillful diagnosis and cost-effective management. More than 80% of CVD deaths take place in low and middle-income countries¹ due to lack of access to affordable equipment for diagnosis and treatment.

For example:

PageWriter cardiographs incorporate the latest gender-specific criteria to promote early detection of heart disease in women

As a result, many people in low- and middle-income countries die younger from CVDs and other non-communicable diseases, often in their most productive years².

 

Aware of these diagnostic challenges, we've designed solutions tailored specifically to assist in the treatment of women with CVD.

 

We understand that heart disease can manifest itself differently in women than in men. Physiological differences can make it difficult to detect in women. As a result, we've developed products and solutions designed to treat women's hearts differently.

 

We've also designed an interventional cardiovascular lab for low-resource settings, thus enabling clinicians to bring cost effective cardiac care to more women (and men) across the continent. This lab has a smaller footprint, a low cost of ownership/maintenance and requires less training to operate. It is built to withstand high workloads, typical of resource-constrained countries.

 

The lab is well suited to perform a wide variety of procedures in both rural and urban environments.

 

¹,² Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), fact sheet No317, September 2012, WHO Media Centre

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs317/en/index.html

Healthcare system strengthening

Poorly equipped medical facilities, under-trained staff and crumbling infrastructure are a serious concern in many corners of the African continent.

We understand the complex health challenges and constraints to access that many women face in Africa, and in cooperation with local organizations and leaders, we are working hard to provide solutions that respond to these challenges.

 

We've implemented multi-year rehabilitation programs involving equipment, service, water purification, and healthcare workforce training across the continent. We build on local resources and skills by creating facilities that will be sustainable long after the equipment is installed.

 

In places where there are limited existing facilities or a lack of infrastructure to readily utilize our solutions, we are committed to exploring models that integrate mobile solutions such as tele-radiology into large-scale projects.

 

Ongoing training of caregivers and the building of local knowledge are integral to the retention of medical staff and continued sustainability of these projects.

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