Sep 26, 2018

Philips promotes special report and hosts session on early detection and diagnosis of non-communicable diseases during United Nations General Assembly Week

  • Comprehensive report from Philips and Devex highlights the role of early detection and diagnosis in the global fight against non-communicable diseases
  • Side-session to the WEF Sustainable Development Impact Summit deep dives into how non-communicable disease challenges can be confronted
Amsterdam, the Netherlands and New York, USRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced publication of a special report on early detection of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a critical link in effective NCD management. Researched and written by Devex [1], the report highlights the role that early detection and diagnosis plays in the global effort to combat widespread NCDs such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancer and diabetes. Publication of the report coincides with the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73) in New York, US, during which the UN is staging its third high-level meeting on the prevention and control of NCDs.
NCDs are a truly global problem, impacting both developed and developing countries. It is currently estimated that around 41 million people a year die from NCDs, equivalent to more than 70% of all deaths globally, with developing countries in fact being impacted most due to poor access to healthcare. The NCD challenge is addressed in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which explicitly states that reducing the death toll due to NCDs should be a sustainable development priority for all countries, while the World Health Assembly has endorsed the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which aims to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by 25% by 2025.
Many countries do not have the health facilities, clinical workforce or technology to support prevention, diagnosis and treatment, which is why Philips is committed to help.

Frans van Houten

CEO of Royal Philips

To produce the new report, titled ‘Early Detection: a Critical Link for Effective NCD Management’, Devex interviewed more than a dozen key opinion leaders and polled more than 1,200 health professionals. Of those surveyed, 98% agreed that addressing NCDs is a critical component of achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’, and that a strong primary healthcare system is one of the best ways to prevent NCDs and detect patients who suffer from them. Almost half of the respondents regarded early detection and diagnosis, together with education on preventative behavior change, as ways in which primary care systems could contribute to the fight against NCDs. Yet despite this, the majority expressed the opinion that prevention and diagnosis are currently underprioritized and underinvested.
“For those affected by NCDs, early diagnosis and treatment remain the best way to reduce patient suffering and mitigate healthcare costs,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips. However, many countries do not have the health facilities, clinical workforce or technology to support prevention, diagnosis and treatment, which is why Philips is committed to help. The Philips Community Life Center model is one way in which we’re working with communities on new business models to build facilities, train healthcare workers and bring diagnostic innovations, such as our portable Lumify tele-ultrasound solution, within people’s reach.”
As part of its mission to improve the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2025, Philips is committed to helping enable high quality universal health coverage (UHC). In Ethiopia, for example, Philips has signed a seven-year agreement with the government to build Ethiopia’s first specialized Cardiac Care Center to address the critical shortage of cardiology services in the country. In Colombia, the Philips Foundation [2] is collaborating with Liga Contra el Cancer to implement a prostate cancer education and diagnosis program that will improve the lives of 1,600 males.

Special side-session on NCDs

During this year’s United Nations General Assembly week, Philips and Devex, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, will also host a special side-session to the Sustainable Development Impact Summit. This side-session, which takes place on Wednesday, September 26, from 9:30 - 11:00 AM at Convene, Union Square Hub, 730 Third Ave., New York City, will deep dive into how NCD challenges can be confronted by including early diagnosis in future plans for prevention and treatment. The discussion will also link to the wider debate on universal health coverage and the importance of primary health care in providing the holistic patient-centered focus needed to combat NCDs at local level.


[1] Devex is the leading social enterprise and media platform for the global development community 

[2] The Philips Foundation is the Corporate & Social Responsibility (CSR) foundation set up by Royal Philips as part of its mission to improve the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2025. Philips Foundation’s mission is to reduce healthcare inequality by providing access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities 

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2017 sales of EUR 17.8 billion and employs approximately 75,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

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